“O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon His name: make known His deeds among the people.” (Psalm 105.1)
One day a few weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday, an elderly father in Alabama, called his son, who lives in Vermont, and tells him, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are getting a divorce — 50 years is enough.”
“Dad, what are you saying,” the son asks, his voice loud in alarm. “Well, we can no longer stand to be with each other. We are sick of one another. I am sick of talking about this, so you call your sister and tell her,” the father says.
Really upset, the son calls his sister, who lives in Texas, to tell her of their father’s news. “Yeah, right their getting a divorce,” she says. “I’ll take care of this.”
After hanging up the phone, the sister calls and yells at her father, “You are not getting divorced! Don’t do a thing until I get there. I’m calling Eric back, and we will both be there for Thanksgiving. Until then, don’t do anything.”
The father hangs up the telephone and tells his wife, “Well,” he says with a big smile, “they are coming home for Thanksgiving and paying their own way. Now, we’ll think of something for Christmas!”
This Thanksgiving your Heavenly Father would also like to spend some time with you. Just think of how He demonstrated His love by sending Jesus to die on the cross and to be raised from the dead for our eternal salvation. Spend Thanksgiving with Him and your family. Make your love obvious to those you love and are thankful for.
Dr. David Bouler of Global Faith Ministries, Chattanooga, Tennessee, contributed this column to the Journal Review. He can be reached by email at email@example.com.