(Photo by Selma Komisky)
Editor’s Note: November, 2021
By Sarah Komisky
Thanksgiving has become, in short, trite. Sounds blunt, but a wake-up call is due for all of us in a turkey tryptophan fog. We cook. We eat. We gather. We go home. But do we worship? Somewhere in between pilgrims and one of the Macy’s Day parade balloons, we forgot about God. It’s easy to do and we’re all guilty of it. That’s why, This November, I’m coming back as Matt Redman would say, “to the heart of worship.” Worship in essence is to prise and give my gratitude. It’s more than our musicality, it’s our adoration! Thanksgiving, in actuality, is an overflow of the goodness of God we can’t help but express. It is not circumstantial but based fully on who God is.
Thanksgiving, when we think of it in that way is quite personal. The definition of doxology according to Merrian Webster’s dictionary is liturgical praise to God. If that is true, how can Thanksgiving become more of an expression of our praise to Jesus? This issue, entitled “Doxology,” will hopefully inspire you towards that very thing.
Some articles will be loud shouts of proclamation. Others are quiet ponderings of wonder. Each represents a picture of Thanksgiving to our great God. Every photo, an artistic expression of praise. Our interviews, a dialogue of doxology with two females who know what it means to worship. One, an exclusive video interview with Moriah Smallbone on the cusp of her new EP release Live from the Quarry out this December. Second, a written read from legendary CCM artist Rebecca St. James on her new music with brothers For King and Country, reflections on the purity movement, and being a part of music history with the new documentary, “The Jesus Music Film.”
In the pages of our new issue, we hope your heart is turned toward a new posture this season, a posture of worship that we pray lasts beyond one simple holiday.
Now, it’s your turn, what’s your doxology? We truly hope you communicate that in your life to both God and others.
In closing, a benediction.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV)
Blessings on Thanksgiving,