I remember my first Thanksgiving and surprisingly it wasn’t about our family gathering around the table for a sumptious feast…though I know we did. What I do remember is sitting on an enbankment close to our house, working on an assignment given by my first grade teacher.
“Your assignment for Thanksgiving is to memorize Psalm 100…It’s a good way to remember to give thanks to God for all His many blessings.”
I knew at a young age, there is a God who created the heavens and earth and all those in it. Memorizing that Psalm was one of the early disiplines that set my heart on the pathway of knowing God. I am grateful I can still quote that psalm by heart today.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness.
Come before his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord he is God.
It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves.
We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with Thanksgiving and into his courts with praise.
Be thankful unto him and bless his name.
For the Lord is good. His mercy is everlasting
and His truth endureth to all generations (Psalm 100 KJV).
We have many versions to choose from now, but back then the King James Version of the Bible was all we had. Yet I must confess… though I now drop the thees and thous, I love this version because it brings back such special memories of my early childhood.
What special memories of Thanksgiving past come to your mind today?
Happy Thanksgiving! May your time with family and friends be especially blessed today as you gather around the table to thank the Lord for all His many blessings.