Thanksgiving


In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, but not universally, traced to a poorly documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”.[18] Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well. We know the day will be filled with many a families spending time together eating, joking, lying, playing, watching games, shopping and many other activities. Undoubtedly, today is also a time to be gluttonous with favorites like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes. Along with a foray of eating activities are all those amazing Black Friday shopping deals, which used to follow the holiday but are now practically overtaking it, but there is so much more to Thanksgiving than just food and shopping.

It is time to revisit and remain at our religious roots. Long before Plymouth Rock or America, God called for people to give thanks to Him for who He is and what He has done as a part of our worship of Him. True Thanksgiving can only be rooted in honoring the one true Almighty God, Jehovah. Nehemiah 12 tells us “46 For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph, there had been directors for the musicians and for the songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.” Psalm 95:2 “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”

Perhaps Psalm 100 captures the fullness of our Thanksgiving in a full yet succinct way.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

We are directed to bestow Thanksgiving, praise and honor on God for generations. That is those before us and after us are to be engaged in demonstrating Thanksgiving to the Almighty God. NOTE: Thanksgiving is not reserved for one day out of the year. God deserves Thanksgiving on a daily basis for His person and His provision.

1 Chronicles 16:3434 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 108:4 4 – For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Psalm 119:90 – Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.

What do those verses reveal about who God is? HE is Good. HE is Love that endures forever. HE is Faithful to all generations. Those qualities and attributes allow me to write to you today. I am a part of what God talked to Moses about in Exodus 34 and Abraham about in Genesis 12. Both of which deserve a read too.

Thanksgiving is about the Almighty God who is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Honor Him today beyond giving thanks for the food you eat, family you have, and safety in travel. “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

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