Giving Thanks. Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

For many of people, Thanksgiving usually includes giant turkey and feasting, four-day weekends, football games, floats, family. And then of course… it’s finally the okay for Christmas music to be on the radio and Santa with his elves to adorn the local shops.

Thanksgiving as a holiday tradition has been around for hundreds of years. And has been a recognized holiday celebrated in the US for decades.

In the Bible, the meaning of thanksgiving reflected adoration, sacrifice, and praise. Thanksgiving was being grateful to God and an act of worship. It was not often that thanksgiving would be extended to a person or group or people. The thanks and praise is to God.

Chronicles 16:34

~ Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever.

Psalm 100:4

~ Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

Take the time first to give thanks and praise God on this Thanksgiving day.

And while I know that your meaning may be different, Thanksgiving has always remained rooted in gratitude. Gratitude for God, love, family, and friends. People gather in unity with others and celebrate. They give thanks for what they have.

So let me encourage you on this Thanksgiving day, put away the electronics, turn off football for some time. Spend some time for yourself, in prayer. Talk… and listen. Enjoy company, enjoy the people, give thanks for those that are around you.

 

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