Thursday, November 22, 2012

Think to Thank

Happy Thanksgiving one and all!  As I pause to acknowledge the Lord's hand in my life, it is clear that the greatest treasures of life are not the things that moth and rust corrupt or that thieves break through and steal.  The greatest treasures are not the things that money can buy.  Heavenly Father is the source of all blessings, and His greatest gift, that of eternal life, is available through the Atonement of Jesus Christ for all who will repent.

God has sent valiant spirits to earth who have assisted in the preservation of freedom and the renewal of the spirit of thanksgiving, some of whom were recently and rightly honored in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints newsroom blog.  President George Washington's thanksgiving proclamation contains wisdom that saw beyond the years (America the Beautiful), and Lincoln's thanksgiving proclamation in 1863 was a stirring reminder of the goodness of God, as well as a powerful invitation to national unity.  

I am also reminded of St. Luke's account of Jesus' miraculous healing of ten lepers: "And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. (Luke 17:15-16)

Thanks be to God on this Thanksgiving day, and every day.