some Thoughts on Thanksgiving

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is coming in a couple of weeks!

Wow, another year has flown by; it seems like we just did this…

I think that of all of our holidays in America, I like Thanksgiving the best.  I think it’s my favorite because it is a day set aside for all of us to remember all of the ways in which God has blessed us.  Giving thanks to God for His blessings is a basic part of what it means to be a Christian, and it is something that we should be doing on a daily, even continual basis; it is the foundation of humility and service to God and Man… it is utterly indispensable.

Being thankful requires humility, and humility leads to service and thankfulness.  I cannot imagine starting off a day without consciously thanking God for His blessings and giving Him the praise that He is due. I cannot conceive of a person having a relationship with Him absent the sense of awe and wonder that leads a person to a continual attitude of thanksgiving… can you?

To keep this short, let’s just agree that on this year’s Thanksgiving Day that we will not lose sight of what we are pausing to remember: That God has blessed us in countless ways, and that we as His humble servants wish to give Him all of the credit and glory that He has earned.   As we spend time with family and friends, feasting, laughing and enjoying ourselves, may we keep perspective about what Thanksgiving is all about: Giving Thanks!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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11 Responses to some Thoughts on Thanksgiving

  1. Meredith says:

    I share your views.

  2. daylerogers says:

    The whole idea of humility being necessary for true thanksgiving isn’t something that’s often talked about–but how necessary it is! It’s easy to think we’re all that and overlook how desperately we need God–who has blessed us lavishly. Thanks for this, Don.

  3. I am thankful that businesses haven’t taken it over as they have others, no Thanksgiving Day mattress sales.

  4. paulfg says:

    Let’s make this one global!

  5. Kelly Grace says:

    Amen to the comment by The Modern Theologian. Black Friday and certain stores opening at 5:00 PM on Thanksgiving evening are attempts at edging into Thanksgiving. That’s just sad.

    Last summer I started a new practice of speaking to God the moment I open my eyes. Before I rise I try to bring to mind three things to be thankful for. It’s a good start to the day 🙂

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