Thanksgiving and Humility

784px-The_First_Thanksgiving_Jean_Louis_Gerome_FerrisIs thanksgiving the most basic element of humility or is humility the most basic element of thanksgiving? Or are they both interchangeable parts of some other common element?

Psalm 100:4 says, "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name."

We come into God's presence with an attitude of thanksgiving–a recognition that we are not alone. The successes and survivals of our past are only accomplished on the shoulders and with the help of others. In fact, the very air we breathe is a gift from God…and we are thankful. 

Never forget that God gives grace to the humble but stands in firm opposition to the proud. And our very first step away from pride and toward humility and the favor and presence of God is a step of thanksgiving. 

As we prepare for this uniquely North American holiday, let's "go in low," recognizing our need, our weakness–our fundamental inability to make it on our own. We need each other. We need family.

And that's what this day is all about.

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