THE OPEN HAND IS TIME OF THANKSGIVING

"You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing." Psalms 145:16 (NKJV)

 

     The above was a familiar scene in my days on the family farm. I went out early every morning, swinging a large container of chicken feed. In the feed can was freshly shelled corn. Simply the sound of my foot steps or my whistling had the entire flock of chickens running and cackling in eager anticipation of their early morning breakfast before foraging for bugs and other "delicacies" throughout the day.

 

     Such a delightful picture of God's children in relation to their heavenly Father! The Psalmist says it well, "The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing."

 

     When King David wrote this Psalm, Israel was a rural society, as was my life when growing up on the family farm. Most of us today are living in an impersonal, mechanized or digitally oriented society. Our children have grown up thinking of the local supermarket and mall as the ultimate source of food and drink and other necessities of life. I thank God daily for all of my material blessings that is largely taken for granted. In 21st century America, few people truly work hard for a living. When I was employed, I performed my expected duties and received a pay check at the end of each pay period. But I did not really put in a single day of truly hard work.

 

     Then I went shopping for all of my food, clothing and other necessities. Somewhat like the hog eating acorns under an Oak Tree, but never looking up to see where they come from, it is difficult to stop long enough to realize that my life of ease is actually a blessing from God.

 

     It is, I think, of major importance that we, during this season of Thanksgiving first, recognize with real heart felt thankfulness for our daily provision and pass the knowledge on to our children and grand children. The America we have today is because of the wisely dedicated men who exercised their faith in Jehovah God on the Mayflower, in the Continental Congress and the fearless men who signed the matchless Declaration of Independence, all in the face of promised death.

 

     We must constantly remind ourselves to look beyond the department stores, shopping malls, incredible iPads, iPhones, and other distractions from the true Source of all our blessings. God still holds out His hand meeting our needs from day to day. Thus we can continue to sing -

 

                      PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW;

                      PRAISE HIM, ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW;

                      PRAISE HIM ABOVE, YE HEAVENLY HOSTS:

                      PRAISE FATHER, SON AND HOLY GHOST!

 

Just a thought across the Garden Gate by Parson Don


 

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