Written by Chris Hoagland, CRICS Bible Teacher
The Spirit of Our Thanksgiving Day Feast at CRICS
Did you know that turkeys have poor night vision, have heart attacks, and the heaviest turkey raised was 86 pounds (39 kilos)? Sounds like some of my own personal issues (but we’ll save those for another article).
The Spirit of Thanksgiving is all about stopping to thank God for all He has given us! As the CRICS family, we did just that on Thursday, November 27, 2014. From the very beginning of our feast, we thanked God. We thanked Him for His provision to get us, as a community, to where we are today. We thanked our Heavenly Father for all of our cultural differences. We thanked the Lord of the Harvest with song and dance. We thanked Him with a delicious feast, thanks to all the many hands that bless us day in and day out here at CRICS!
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to end with one day of giving God thanks. Thanking God can go on for the next 364 days while we cultivate the spirit of Thanksgiving in our hearts. Having an attitude of gratitude is a daily choice and can have a tremendous effect every day of our lives! God has blessed us with so many wonderful people and astonishing things here at CRICS. The fact is we really don’t need more. My desire is to use my days wisely. Moving through all of my days being grateful for the forgiveness I’ve received on the cross will forever impact my life, and I pray you know that same forgiveness Jesus is offering you today!
So family, let’s stop and thank God today for His amazing grace in our lives. God will be breaking up the old ground, and new roads are literally before us. Let’s focus our attention on giving God thanks and remember that we are more than conquerors through Him who continues to love us! Happy Thanksgiving every day from Mr. Chris!
Ruth Fox gathered students of many nationalities to share each country’s traditions for giving thanks: