Apparently Hanuka has fallen on thanksgiving only twice in history. I think this is a pretty cool historical moment. Hanuka is the celebration of lights to commemorate the re-dedication of the holy temple. As Christians we are God’s holy temple. The origins of Thanksgiving were that it was a time of gratitude for God providing. The merging of these two holidays is a powerful one. The first, reminds to celebrate how God delivered his people and provided for them. The second, calls us to remember how he provides still.
Ps 27: 8 “My heart says of you, “Seek his face! Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Ps 100 “Worship the Lord with gladness […] know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his […] Enter his gate with thanks giving […] for the Lord is good and his love endures forever.”
It’s important for me to remember all the ways God has provided for me and all the times he has spared me. Gratitude changes my perspective. I hope that today is a day of giving thanks and shifting perspective.
Happy Thanksgivica all!