I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds (Psalm 9:1)
November is associated most of all with Thanksgiving, which, I think is the only true Feast day in our culture. The thanksgiving of this day is meant to be directed to God not just to thin air, and it’s to be not only a thanks for the harvest and for turkey, but also a recounting of all his wonderful deeds.
It would take a lifetime to tell of all his wonderful deeds, so we definitely need more than just one day, more than just one prayer before one big meal to give a proper thanks. Maybe it’s better to think of Thanksgiving month instead of Thanksgiving Day. Afterall, “Black Friday” is no longer just Friday, but now breaking out of its borders into Thursday and Saturday and that whole weekend, maybe even the whole month. I write this in October and have for weeks already been hearing of ‘early’ Black Friday events.
So if our biggest bastion of consumerism is bursting out into the whole month, then let us as Christians extend our Thanksgiving into the whole month!
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. (Psalm 28:7)