Somewhere in between “Trick or Treat” and “Ho, Ho, Ho” is a holiday that we often neglect. It’s treated as no more than a pit stop on the way to the shopping malls and Christmas lights. Yet this forgotten holiday should mean more to America than any other. Long before the Easter Bunny, fireworks and Rudolph there was Thanksgiving.
Maybe we’ve forgotten about Thanksgiving because we’ve forgotten how to be thankful. In the Scriptures we are given several examples of thankfulness and also several reasons to be thankful.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. Psalms 118:21
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Matt 26:26
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:24, 25
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 15:57
But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 2 Cor 2:14
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Ph 4:6
These verses are only a subset of the many examples of thankfulness found in the Bible. Take your Bible and look up others. You will see many more reasons to be thankful. Most important, as seen in several verses above, is to be thankful for our salvation. Christ paid for our salvation with his life.
We’ve gotten away from being such a thankful nation. Yet we have so much to be thankful for. Look around you. Yes, this world has many faults, but there are wonderful blessings all around. Our Heavenly Father has given to us in abundance. Put down that Christmas list and instead write down a list of the things you are thankful for. Don’t skip giving thanks, or Thanksgiving.