How We’ll Spend Thanksgiving in 2020
By: Al and Lisa Robertson
Well, Thanksgiving Day 2020-style, is upon us, and we think we can safely say that this is going to be a Thanksgiving like no other. Almost all of our nation’s governors are suggesting that family gatherings be limited to ten people or less. Some are even limiting family gatherings to the people that we normally live with. Even then, they are suggesting that everyone wear a mask.
With all of the hoopla surrounding our country’s response to the pandemic, people are on edge like we’ve never seen. To make matters even more tense, we just survived a summer of civil unrest and a very contentious election.
If you spend too much time on Facebook and Twitter, you might get the idea that the sky is falling. And maybe it is. Maybe this is the end of the world. Perhaps something catastrophic is about to be unleashed on America or even the entire world. Since we are not prophets, and since God hasn’t let us in on exactly what will happen in the future, we have decided to leave that kind of stuff in God’s hands. Predicting the future is way above our pay grade.
So we have committed to do something that, in the hustle and bustle of a divided and angry world, we too often forget to do, and this holiday is a good time to start.
Thanksgiving! Yes, it is a holiday. And if you just say it — Thanksgiving Day — it can roll off of our tongues without us ever giving it a thought. But thankfulness is a big deal in the Bible. David, for example, said in Psalm 69:30, “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.” One of our favorites is Psalm 105:1: “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”
As we take stock of our lives, we realize that we may not be the wealthiest people in the world, although we are wealthier than most of the world simply because we live in the United States. There may be turmoil brewing in America. At the moment, we enjoy good health, but who knows what lurks right around the corner? We do thank God for our prosperity, our nation, and our health, but they are not the source of our profound thanksgiving.
No! What causes us to praise God with songs of thanksgiving is when we remember what he has done in our lives. And what would that be, you ask? Well, to begin with, he redeemed us from our own folly and cleansed us of our moral filth and rebellion against him. Then when our marriage was on the rocks, he restored that too. He has given us his Spirit and continues to give our lives deep-seated purpose and meaning. Most of all, he has given us eternal life that began the day we believed in him.
So this year, we refuse to allow the pandemic to darken our hearts and cloud a day our government set aside for the purpose of being especially thankful to God for his goodness, grace, and mercy. We encourage you to do the same because regardless of what is going on around us, God is still God, and his love for us has not waned one iota.
Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 106:1)