First of all, happy Thanksgiving! (to those few that read my posts!).
Second, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write; there are multiple things on my mind today; I could list some of the things for which I’m thankful (but that may be a bit overdone on this day). Still, it’s traditional, and I’ll do that at the end – but first, a couple of thoughts about Thanksgiving Day (even if it does make me sound grumpy).
- I resent that this splendid holiday is almost wiped out by Christmas; I love Christmas, even though it has become highly commercialized, but let us allow Thanksgiving to have it’s place, too. We may be the only country that has a national day of giving thanks… it certainly isn’t common.
- This is “Thanksgiving” and not “turkey day”; I know that most people (including me) have turkey on this day, but Thanksgiving implies that there is Someone to whom we should be giving thanks. It just seems like a (somewhat?) subtle effort to remove God from our public consciousness.
There is not enough space or time to list everything I’m thankful for — and that list could easily grow daily. Below are some things:
- God Himself. Do we love Him for Himself? Or do we love Him for the things He gives us? He has given us much, but it is my desire to thank Him for His perfect love, His grace, His mercy, and His holiness. He is worthy of praise solely because of Who He is.
- The Scriptures; they are our “sure foundation”; they tell us of God, of ourselves, and “all things that pertain to life and godliness”.
- The salvation He has given me. I’m so glad that He saved me as a child
- After this, the list becomes far more traditional: I’m thankful for the nation I live in, for family and friends, to have a good job, to have a wonderful church family, and many, many others.
- To close out this list (last, but not least – not at all!) is YOU; not many people read my postings, and I’m grateful to everyone that does… if you are reading this sentence, you’ve read this article. Thank you!