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Thanksgiving Message

by Brian Thetford

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. - Psalm 118: 1

550 BC (for the sake of argument) is when this Psalm was written. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good……

Fast forward to 1621 in a little colony in what is now Massachusetts, we again see people gathering together to give thanks. Who were they giving thanks to?

Did they throw the celebration as thanks to the Indians for not killing them?
Was it done to show the people back in England and Holland how successful they were in the new colony?
Maybe they did it as a way to share recipes and showcase the latest trends in fine colony dining…….

No of course not. The remaining Pilgrims gathered together to give thanks to God!
They gathered together as a group to lift their hearts and voices in prayer, song and joyful thanks for the blessings God had poured out upon them.

Moving even further ahead to tomorrow, who will we give thanks to? Each other?

What will our cause of celebration be? Our football team won? We don’t have to go to the office?

Tomorrow, as the turkey cooks in the oven, the pies cool on the counter, and the houses are filled with family, and friends, let us all remember to give thanks to God, not for the simple things in our lives, but for the important ones. Our family, our friends, the bountiful meal that will be enjoyed, the time that we have set aside to revel in the blessings that the Lord has given…..

Tomorrow let us lift our voices in prayer, song, and joyful thanks; just as the pilgrims did a couple hundred years ago, just like the Psalmist did a couple of thousand years ago.

For what was true then is still very true now. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, be blessed, and thank God.

See Also:

Bringing a Sacrifice of Praise
by April Motl

They Did Not Honor Him as God, or Give Thanks
by Albert Mohler

How to give thanks in all circumstances
by Dr. Jack Graham

A Thankful Tomorrow
by Ryan Duncan

True Thanksgiving
by Ralph Bouma

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