Thanksgiving Begins My Christmas Season By Brenda Drake

I do enjoy this time of year even now when my children and grandchildren are all grown and on their own. I have to admit I do not enjoy the extra pounds accumulated in its small space of time though!

Thanksgiving Begins My Christmas Season

Thanksgiving to me begins the Christmas Season.
On Thanksgiving we count blessings and Christmas states the reason.
The Christmas story is rejected to some as myth;
But on the day that celebrates Christ’s birth …they give and receive gifts.
Even when the manger scene is not allowed;
The day off for Christmas is expected anyhow.
Even the calendar we watch is measured,
After the birth of Heaven’s Treasure.
We search under the tree for our Christmas gifts,
But on a tree the Lover of our soul was sacrificed for our benefit.
We examine the faces of those we love to see,
If at our gift-offering they are pleased;
When we have spent much money and time.
To the perfect gift to find.
But the One who’s birth is celebrated across the land.
Great sacrifice is barely acknowledged for many do not understand:
He is the One that gives us even the gift of life;
That our every breath is by Him supplied.
He supplies strength as He calls our name,
He helps us overcome our every trial and pain.
Oh how hearts sing when opened up wide to see.
Then thankful hearts the true Christmas Spirit receives.       

Psalms 100:1-4
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
 Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
 For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

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