“All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.”
- Proverbs 15:15
There is no meal like a Thanksgiving dinner. A day that celebrates harvest, provision, and blessing; a gathering of family and friends around a table to express love and gratitude; a wide array of savory dishes and fixings like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, greens, casseroles (add your personal favorites to the list); and a “sweet tooth’s” delight with the iconic pumpkin pie!
There is another thing that makes a Thanksgiving dinner the undisputed champion of feasting. This meal can last for multiple days, in multiple forms. From reheating a plate to creating a turkey sandwich, soup, or pot pie, a person has what seems like limitless leftover options.
As I think about this meal that keeps going, going, and going…I am reminded of how the Lord’s blessings keep coming our way, filling our cup, and overflowing with true joy, strength, and life. There are so many places in the Bible where we see the MENU of goodness and kindness being offered to people.
Proverbs 10:6- “Blessings crown the head of the righteous…”
Psalm 23:6- “Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
John 1:16- “Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.”
John 10:10- “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
As we move in this holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas, it is good to reflect on and rejoice in the perfect gifts and the unlimited feast of God’s loving faithfulness and perpetual goodness towards us. He is a God who provides mercies for our days, who forgives our sins, who hears our prayers, who guides our steps, and reminds us of our hope. If you are feeling empty in this season, take on a serving of provision; if you are feeling disheartened in this season, take on a serving of promise; if you are feeling overwhelmed in this season, take on a serving of peace; if you are feeling alone in this season, take on a serving of His presence.
There is more than enough at His table and there is a place for you there! We look forward to celebrating and sharing the blessings of this season as we gather together to worship and to serve Him at Shepherd’s House.