Thanksgiving Thursday

BE PARTICULAR IN YOUR THANKS TO GOD

“For the many instances of His goodness…

The goodness of His providence relating to our bodies and the life that now is; and this, first, with reference to all the creatures and the world of mankind in general:

You have stretched out the heavens like a tent, and in them you have set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. And you make your sun rise on the evil and on the good, and send rain on the just and on the unjust.

When we look at the heavens, the work of your fingers, the sun, the moon, and the stars which you have set in place, Lord, what is man that you care for him? For truly the light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun: All glory be to the Father of light, who commands the morning and causes the dawn to know its place.

You did not leave yourself without witness among the nations, in that you did good by giving them rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying their hearts with food and gladness.

You cover the heavens with clouds, and prepare rain for the earth, and make grass grow on the hills. You give to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.

You bring rain on the desert in which there is no man, to satisfy the waste and desolate land.

You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; and beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches.

You have set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved; you set a boundary to the waters of the sea, so that they might not again cover the earth. You have shut up the sea with doors, and prescribed limits for it, saying, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther; here shall your proud waves be stayed.’ And you have made good what you have sworn, that the waters of Noah shall no more go over the earth.

Your covenant with the day and with the night is not broken; but still you give the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, and are faithful to that covenant of providence: That while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.

The heavens are the LORD’s heavens, but the earth you have given to the children of man; and you have put all things under their feet, and given them dominion over the works of your hands; so that the fear of man and the dread of man is upon every beast of the earth and upon the birds of the heavens, and into his hand they are delivered; because you had a favor to him and delighted in the children of man.

You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that you may bring forth food from the earth and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread to strengthen his heart.

You give to all life and breath and everything; and the earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love.

All the creatures look to you, to give them their food in due season. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. This, your glory, shall endure forever, and you rejoice in these works.

It is through your goodness, O Lord, that as one generation of mankind goes, another generation comes; and that you have not blotted out the name of that corrupt and guilty race from under heaven.” (Matthew Henry)

THE GOODNESS OF HIS NATURE

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