Welcome to my Monday Blog, my Friends!
For us Americans, Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Originally, it was celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest of the preceding year. For us, it’s a day to celebrate family, feast and of course football.
In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition celebrated by the Pilgrims and Puritans, is commonly traced all the way back to 1621 at Plymouth, in the present-day Massachusetts. President George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide 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.”
That date to celebrate Thanksgiving changed in 1941, when president FDR changed it from the last Thursday to the fourth Thursday in November.
And here’s a bit of cool info, which I’d forgotten…”in modern times, the President of the United States, in addition to issuing a proclamation, will “pardon” a turkey, which spares the bird’s life and ensures that it will spend the duration of its life roaming freely on farmland.” Does the President still do that, I don’t know but I like it — no doubt the turkey does!
OK, this concludes our Thanksgiving history lesson for today, however, I still have the need to share even more important thoughts with you…like President George Washington’s feelings regarding who to thank for this day we call Thanksgiving, in his statement above: “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.”
Who Do we Thank? ALMIGHTY GOD
In the Bible, the apostle Paul points out “four awesome blessings that we possess through the mighty acts the Father has accomplished in the person and work of His beloved Son. It is also important to see that these blessings, the objects of thanksgiving, do not begin a new section as some have maintained. They are not only still a part of Paul’s prayer, but point us to the reasons why Christians can have a life that is pleasing unto the lord in the four areas listed—bearing fruit, growing, being strengthened, and giving thanks. The reason for thanksgiving is found in the saving acts of God because it is these blessings that deliver believers out of Satan’s domain of darkness and into the realm of light and spiritual fruitfulness. These four objects of thanksgiving are only a partial listing of the blessings God gives us in Christ, but these four do give us a wonderful illustration of what God has done in the person and of what all believers possess in Christ. Through Christ, the Father has:
qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light,
delivered us from the domain of darkness,
transferred us into the kingdom of His Son and
redeemed us, providing the forgiveness of sins
Thankfulness is an important subject to the apostle Paul and in the Word of God as a whole. The concept of thankfulness comes from two Greek words, meaning “grace’ and “to confess, acknowledge”.
“Thankfulness is a mental and/or verbal expression of one’s acknowledgement and appreciation of God’s person, His grace, blessings, and sovereign work in one’s life and the world. So why should we be thankful?
Because it honors God
Because it is commanded in Scripture and
Because of the dangerous consequesces of thanklessness
“But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and who makes known through us the fragrance that consists of the knowledge of Him in every place.” – 2 Cor. 2:14
We should give thanks whenever we pray, in everything and for everything. We should give thanks for God Himself and for His sovereign activity and control over the universe. We should give thanks for our salvation through Christ and for the unfathomable riches that are ours in Him. After all, we are blessed with every spiritual blessing, and we are complete in Him. We should also give thanks for others who know Christ the Savior and are growing and serving the Lord.
Let’s all remember that thankfulness is the opposite of selfishness, pride and self-trust. The thankful person seeks to triumph and lives by the grace of God rather than by his own ingenuity or self-sufficiency.”
I love this!!
My prayer for all of us this week of Thanksgiving is that we will ALL truly GIVE THANKS to ONLY ONE GOD and embrace our gift of the precious JESUS inside us! Talk to Him. Praise Him. THANK HIM, properly.
GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! !Always!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and may you continue to be blessed in the ways that only our Almighty God can. AMEN!!
I love you,
Note: A special “Thank You” to the work of the beloved Pastor J. Hampton Keathley, 111 for today’s Scripture.