By Danny Jones
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
And here we are…Thanksgiving of 2013.
I remember well the Thanksgiving holidays of my childhood…the get-togethers, the meals, watching the parades on TV.
I'd still like to be along the streets of New York to watch the Macy's parade in person. My family wouldn't let me go, though, because they fear I'd get tangled up with one of the persons holding a control rope on one of those giant balloons and I'd embarrass the whole family because I'd be floating away on national TV while holding on to Snoopy. (How's that for a run-on sentence?!?)
Their resolve is maddening when I tell them "you have no faith in me." Just because I once caused a trombone player to run into a tuba player when I dropped my trumpet in a high school parade? That is no reason to anticipate a problem in a parade in a completely different state.
That could be considered profiling, you know.
Anyway, during recent weeks I've read literally thousands of posts on Facebook as people go through their own "30 Days of Thanksgiving." I've seen the commonplace—thanks for the Lord, family, friends, jobs, churches, cars, dogs, cats, and so forth—and the not so common (the most unusual was a pet rock named "Stoney"—you can't make this up—someone had been given as a child).
But what I saw the most was "thankful for my salvation." And I must agree with their sentiments.
For all of my life, I've been hearing "we're living in the last days." I can remember my parents saying, my grandparents saying, hearing my grandparents say they heard their grandparents say it…you get the picture. You've heard it all of your life, too.
While Scripture plainly states that no man knows the time of His return, Christians—as a group—seem to be coming into more agreement that the hour is drawing nigh. As such, the importance of the Great Commission grows as each day goes by.
This might be our last Thanksgiving, or, it might be the first of 100 more. What truly matters, however, is that whenever the last Thanksgiving of our lives take place, we know that we are prepared to spend the next one in His presence.
Tomorrow, when you're checking off the things you are thankful for, check to see if "Thankful for Salvation" is on your list. If it is not, take the time to learn why so many are thankful for their salvation and how it will be the most important decision you will ever make.
PS: IF you watch the parade tomorrow, there's no need to look for me. It turns out the folks up there heard about that trumpet thing and…well…