One of the very few holidays I don’t find to be inane. The idea of thanksgiving is so fundamental to the Christian faith, the holiday makes me think on that idea, and hence, I like it.
Once we have met Christ, and have come to have faith in Him, that’s all the reason we will ever need to be thankful…it is perpetual thanksgiving! Of course there are other things in life to be thankful for, but they pale in comparison with the thanks felt toward Christ.
Some people are alone on the holiday, but that’s ok too; true thanksgiving is beyond family, or gathering together to eat large amounts of food…only to grumble about it (and each other) usually less than an hour later. Being alone is sometimes something to be thankful for as well…though if one knows Christ, one is never truly alone at all.
I am thankful for everyone in my life, my family; those still living, and those gone on. I’m thankful for my friends, even (most of ) my college students, even you dear reader, even if I don’t know your name. I’m thankful that even through things like sickness, there are lessons to be learned. I’m thankful that I’ve got a full belly…that I have a car to drive, a keyboard to type on, a good book to read, that my guitar instructor knows how to give a good pep talk, that I have a favorite pair of shoes, and on it goes…everything good in life I thank God for!!
Psalm 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Revelation 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.