With Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving

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In the last few years I’ve latched on to the phrase “with Thanksgiving.” I wonder how often I used to do things with thanksgiving. Which things did I take for granted?

For instance, for over 20 years I worked at jobs I absolutely hated. They weren’t the right fit for me. They were always creative jobs in marketing with loud, energetic people and I was trying to be like them when really I’m a quiet bookworm. But in those situations, I was miserable and prayed that God would get me out of those jobs. I don’t think I ever prayed with thanksgiving, that I was lucky to have a job period. That I was lucky to get to do creative things at work, even though it wasn’t exactly the creative vibe I was looking for.

Since Thanksgiving is this week, I’ve been thinking on this particular passage:

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.
Psalm 95:2

Let us come before him with thanksgiving

Let us come to him with thanksgiving in our hearts before we make requests and ask for things. I do this now. But when I was younger, I know I didn’t. I was miserable and came to him miserably. I asked for help but it was only later that I would thank him, only after I finally remembered.

Lucky for me, God is patient. He has taught me the right way to be, and given me (and us!) things like this passage to remind us of how to be. How much more lovely we are when we are grateful people. How much more kind and open we are. It is a blessing to be grateful in all things.

Cherie Burbach About Cherie Burbach

Cherie Burbach is the founder of Putting on the New. She is a poet, mixed media artist, and freelance writer. She's written for About.com, NBC/Universal, Match.com, Christianity Today, and more. Her latest book is: Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art With a Faith-Filled Message. For more, check out her website.

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