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Welcome to Thanks 2 Giving, a Thanksgiving-to-Christmas dubsmash of musings, quotes, stories, devotions and praise. Bookmark this page, follow the links below or come back any time and click on the titles in the sidebar to the right ----->
Instead of being entangled by the clamor and glitter that threatens to suck the joy out of each one of those days, here I will write and share musings, wanderings, praises, and prayers to mark the season that begins with giving thanks and ends with worshiping (mas) the Christ child. Find here a post for each day of December -- sort of like my own little Advent calendar. Of course, the only place to start will be with some summary thoughts on Thanksgiving.
So freely the Divine has given to us, and so incapable am I, in my flesh, of giving back! Without His transforming gift of love, I can't even elicit the desire to give, or desire the better things, or give thanks when graced with His inestimable gift. Though they may never be as celestial as the praise of angels or magnificent as the proclamations of Paul, I trust that in His redeeming way, the words shared here will be found acceptable to the glory, praise and gratitude that is due our merciful and benevolent God and Savior.
This series began as a challenge to myself back in 2015 to keep the perspective of the season on Christ. But for practical purposes: What's a challenge without parameters? First and foremost, such a goal must be centered on and spring to life from the word of God or what I write is nothing more than vain repetitions and food offered to idols. Secondly, I am the primary recipient of reminders and exhortations. I'm not commenting on others' holiday traditions or celebration decisions. Finally, may the meditations of my heart, and the conversations of my life be for God's glory and the solace and encouragement of His children.
If you are stirred to respond with thoughts or mullings of your own, please free to comment or share on a post!
Here are the posts so far:
December 1 -- Being a Pilgrim for Christmas
December 2 -- Craving Christmas, Desiring Christ