Thankful for Steadfast Love (Psalm 118)

Thanksgiving is a time of the year when we should be thankful for the Lord’s provision and care.  Many times we can focus on the material blessings we desire or the physical blessings that we see around us.  It is not necessarily a bad thing for us to think about the Lord blessing His children with material gifts, but we can loose sight of the giver.  How do we put the blessings of the Lord in the proper perspective?  What is the most basic blessing that the Lord has provided for us?

What is True Thanksgiving? (1 Peter 1:3-9)

Thanksgiving is a time where we find our joy by counting our blessings.  There is nothing necessarily wrong with counting our blessings, but what is the basis of our blessing?  Peter challenges us to see that there are trials that we can be thankful for as well.  Why would be thankful for trials?  What hope does Peter give in calling our attention to thankfulness even in the midst of trials?  Or is Peter just telling us to be happy because the Lord commands us to be happy?