Thanksgiving: For This We Are Thankful…

Reading the story of Nehemiah, there is one passage that struck me as pertinent to this day of thanksgiving.

Nehemiah 8:8-12 “They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, ‘Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’ So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, ‘Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.’ And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.”

A feast was set to consecrate the reading of God’s Word. A celebration of gratitude for God’s mind revealed through the pages of Scripture. So as you eat and drink with friends and family today, give thanks for the writing that God has given us by which we can know and please Him.

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