Psalm 116:12-14 (NASB) (12) What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits toward me?
(13) I shall lift up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.
(14) I shall pay my vows to the LORD, oh may it be in the presence of all His people.”
Thanksgiving. What do you think about when you hear the word Thanksgiving? Possibly, your mind connects with the year 1621 where “after the first harvest in a new world,” Governor Bradford of the Plymouth Colony invited the Pilgrims to keep a day of prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. On the other hand, maybe your memory carries you back into history, in 1863, after the bloody Battle of Gettysburg. After this battle, President Abraham Lincoln urged the nation to observe a day of prayer and thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November. Traditionally, you may think about the Thanksgiving meal with family and friends. Truly, thanksgiving triggers many memories for us.
First and foremost, Thanksgiving must remind us to thank God for His many benefits. Psalm 116 is such a psalm that teaches us from God’s Word how we can practically give thanks to God. Throughout this entire psalm, the writer freely uses the word “I.” His use of the word “I” makes this psalm a psalm that each one of us as individuals can use to guide us in thanking God for His goodness.
But how can we give back to God for all his goodness toward us when God needs nothing? In Romans 11 verse 35, Paul asks this very question, “who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to Him again?” No one can give God anything , for verse 36 goes on to tell us that “from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.” Every good gift comes from God.
As we close out 2011 Pam and I want to thank everyone for their many prayers and support over the years. 2011 we were able to present the gospel to thousands, help many with medical care, food for their survival and food for their spiritual growth. You helped make all this possible and for that we give thanks. It might sound simple but truly it would be impossible for us to have done this without the support of so many and for these we say thank you. In His Love, Donald and Pammie
Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018