Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:10-12
When the Lord your God has brought you into the land that he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—a land with fine, large cities that you did not build, houses filled with all sorts of goods that you did not fill, hewn cisterns that you did not hew, vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant—and when you have eaten your fill, take care that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
Thought for the Day: A boy asked his sister, “Why did the turkey cross the road?” The girl shrugged her shoulders and said, “I don’t know.” The boy started to grin and said, “It was Thanksgiving, and he wanted people to think he was a chicken!” I heard that joke a dozen times when I was a little kid, but as Thanksgiving was approaching this year, it somehow was pulled from the recesses of my memory. It’s funny how the holidays can be a trigger of memories — some good, some not so good. What I’d like to suggest is for each of us to focus on one good memory, and take time throughout the day to give thanks to God and all those who were involved in making it a good memory. Bringing past moments of joy into the present through purposeful recollection can be a means by which we become more aware of those amazing things that God is doing right now, amazing things that will be wonderful memories some future day.
Prayer: O Lord God, you saved an ancient people, and for that I am thankful. May this moment of remembering entice me to see what you are doing in this very moment that will bring forth even greater thankfulness. Amen.