Traditionally, in the United States, every fourth Thursday in November is set aside for the celebration of what is known as Thanksgiving Day. It is a day of Thanksgiving parades on television in the morning, followed by the excitement of football games in the afternoon. It is a day when family, friends, and loved ones gather together to share a bounteous meal, enjoy the company of one another, and share the love that they have for one another.
But, amidst all the parades, football games, and bounteous meals, Thanksgiving Day should be a day for pausing to give thanks and to reflect upon the many blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon each of us. It is a time to give thanks, not only for the grandiose blessings that are ours to enjoy, but for the smallest of blessings as well. We are admonished in the Scriptures, “In every thing give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). James teaches us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). And the Apostle Paul gives this counsel for daily living as recorded in Colossians 3:15-17:
Thanksgiving Day should not be the only day that we pause to give thanks, but every day of our lives should be a day of Thanks Giving. Each day we should as the Psalmist declared, “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” (Psalm 107:1).
As we reflect upon Thanksgiving seasons of old, and expect the one before us, I am sure that each of us has many things that we are thankful for. I am personally thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of the True and the Living God. It is He who guides my footsteps and sustains me each day. I am thankful for the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ and for the things that I have learned that help me in my daily walk. I am also thankful for the loving support of family and friends. I know that I do not express my appreciation often enough for each of them, but they are truly the wind beneath my wings. And I am also thankful for health and strength necessary to carry on each day.
These are just some of the things that I am thankful for, not only on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of my life as I strive to make each day of my personal life a day of Thanks Giving. None of us should ever take any of our blessings for granted. We should ever be mindful of the words of the Psalmist when he said, “So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.” (Psalm 79:13).