What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving? Do you picture a time of thankfulness toward God? Or is it just a day of eating and watching football?
Here’s how the dictionary defines Thanksgiving:
the expression of gratitude, especially to God.
“he offered prayers in thanksgiving for his safe arrival”
Story of the first Thanksgiving
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states.
Thanksgiving Day is a time to gather with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings enjoyed by our nation and our Father God. However, to many people, its meaning is lost.
It’s become simply another day for huge meals, dinner parties, get-togethers or reunions. There is nothing wrong with the meals, get-togethers and so on, but we must thank our Lord and Savior. Because of His great sacrifice and blessings, we live in a free country. As a Christian should have the general attitude of thanksgiving in both the trials and blessings of life.
I look forward to the chance of fellowshipping with family and friends that I haven’t seen in a while. We connect and remember memories that we will treasure forever. I’m not saying that I won’t watch the parades and football, but I will be grateful for what the Lord has done for me and family.
I hope that you, your family and friends have a blessed Thanksgiving!
“…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — Ephesians 5:20
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