I know. It’s not Thanksgiving.
But that’s not the gist of this post.
To be more precise…it’s a television Thanksgiving.
Even more precise…it’s the word thanksgiving.
If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know I don’t like much of the programs that are on television. However, I do love old series and old movies.
Remember, or maybe you’re too young and don’t remember, when praying on a television series was allowed? I love the old episodes where the prayers are preserved.
I’ve written a few posts about them. Two I can think of off the top of my head: Father Knows Best (A Thanksgiving Prayer, written for another site) and Good Times (Christmas in July).
Stars Western network now airs reruns of the old series Tales of Wells Fargo. I watched one the other day that happened to be at Thanksgiving time but wasn’t necessarily a Thanksgiving episode.
At the end of the episode, Jim Hardie, the main character played by Dale Robertson, shared Thanksgiving dinner with an old couple who had basically raised him. The husband had always wanted to retire and have a turkey farm.
As they are seated, centered on the table is a big ol’ beautifully baked turkey. They bow their heads and Jim prays…
Our hearts are full, dear Lord, for the many, many blessings that You have bestowed upon us…
…for the fruit of fields and running rivers of our beloved country,
…for the time to live and enjoy them,
…for the freedom to walk with Thee,
…for all these things, dear Lord, we are eternally grateful.
It’s so sad that television has strayed so far from words like these.
This prayer reminds me of the old hymn For the Beauty of the Earth…
For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies.
Christ, our Lord, to you we raise
this, our hymn of grateful praise.
For the wonder of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale and tree and flower,
sun and moon and stars of light, [Refrain ]
For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth, and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild, [Refrain]
For yourself, best gift divine,
to the world so freely given,
agent of God’s grand design:
peace on earth and joy in heaven. [Refrain]
But then again, maybe it’s we who have strayed so far from those words. Thanksgiving and prayers given to God are not so much “in fashion” anymore. In fact, it’s ridiculed. And so are those who choose to thank Him.
Thanksgiving is always the gist, the main or essential part of any matter. For we are to give “thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Eph. 5:20 NKJV) that whatever we “do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Col. 3:17 NKJV)
Therefore, “Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Heb. 13:15-16 NKJV)