11-15 Lifelines — Give thanks

By BETTIE MARLOWE
Posted 11/15/19

 Give thanks

Thanksgiving is only a few days away. Some call it “turkey day.” Most of us chuck it full of feasting, watching TV and visiting. It’s a family time for sure, but it is more than that.  Are we not forgetting something?

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11-15 Lifelines — Give thanks

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 Give thanks
Thanksgiving is only a few days away. Some call it “turkey day.” Most of us chuck it full of feasting, watching TV and visiting. It’s a family time for sure, but it is more than that.  Are we not forgetting something?

According to history, the first New England Thanksgiving was celebrated less than a year after the Plymouth colonists had settled in the new land of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Nearly half of the colony’s members had died during that first winter. But in the summer of 1621, harvest brought new hope and rejoicing. A three-day feast was declared by Governor William Bradford to begin Dec. 13, 1621. And so Thanksgiving Day was born for the purpose of prayer and celebration.

The custom of Thanksgiving Day spread from Plymouth to other New England colonies. During the Revolutionary War, eight special days of thanks were observed for victories and deliverance from perilous times. And on Nov. 26, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation for a day of thanks. President Lincoln in 1863 proclaimed the last Thursday in November as “A day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.” It is clear our forefathers expressed their “thanksgiving” and their “gratitude” to God daily, rather than once a year. 

   This is a good time to take a survey of ourselves. Have I forgotten to thank some benefactor? This is a special time to thank at least one person you failed to thank earlier.
"Thanks" or "thanksgiving" appears in 100 verses of the Bible. It’s that important. Thanksgiving is a matter of attitude. It is not mere words falling eloquently from lips. Thanksgiving rises from the heart and is expressed because it is there.

Why not have a season to remind us to have thankful hearts? It's good that our forefathers realized this – all that we have comes from Him. And we're truly thankful only when we acknowledge that God is our provider.

The psalmist says in 118:29: "O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever."

 

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