"Every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
We traipsed well worn orchard rows searching for harvest and found apple limbs bent low, heavy with sweet, juicy, red fruit ready for picking.
We walked straight open rows dotted with pumpkin orange beckoning dreams of grinning, candle-lit jack-o-lanterns--round and plump, long and thin--on darkened neighborhood porches.
We found fields of heavy yellow heads--autumn's last blooms--turned heavenward, always following the sun that at dusk bow their heads in thanks.
These good and perfect gifts shared in crowded orchards or open fields or around family tables come not only from the hands of the sower, but from the Giver--the One who made the seed and caused the fruit to grow. Our God and Creator of all good things.
On this Thankful Thursday, let's not only thank God for his good gifts but turn our attention away onto the Giver--the Maker of all good things "who does not change like shifting shadows."
Thank you Lord for your beautiful gifts. May we accept them with open arms for our enjoyment as you intendend. Accept our praise as we lift up our hands in worship to you, as the Giver of all these good and perfect gifts. Amen.