Happy Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving can trigger many memories and traditions that carry over from many family gatherings and are passed down to children and grandchildren over and over again. Thanksgiving has come to be one of the most favored American holidays. It was declared a national holiday in 1863, during the Civil War, by President Abraham Lincoln to promote unity. Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family. While today’s Thanksgiving celebrations and meals look a lot different than the original 1621 harvest meal, it continues to be a day for Americans to come together around the table.

As Christians we understand that God has blessed us and our nation in incomparable and manifest ways. And blessings, it must be remembered, are "blessings" because they are unearned and undeserved. As we go through our day-to-day walk, letting our light shine as God's children and doing the good deeds He has ordained, it causes others to glorify God and give thanks.

It is easy for us to live thanklessly in a world that is full of trouble, struggles, and woes. On any given day we can find many reasons to complain. However, Psalm 100 exhorts God’s people to be glad, joyful, and thankful for “it is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture” (v. 3). As we remember who we are, we can respond in thanksgiving. For even in the worst of times, we can remember Christ’s love and sacrifice for us. As we experience God's goodness in our lives, and offer thanks to Him, we say that every day is a day of thanksgiving. We don't feast upon turkey every day, in observance of a secular holiday, but we offer our thanks to God in prayer, reflecting our thankfulness in everything we say and do.

This Thanksgiving and holiday season take the time to say thank you, and remember to reach out to others and help someone in need. While you are at it, bring a sweet potato pie with you. Happy Thanksgiving!


1 Chronicles 16:8 “Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!”

Psalm 107: 1 "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."

Psalm 9:1 “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”

1 Corinthians 1:4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus,

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Colossians 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.


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