As another Thanksgiving Season approaches, many of us gladly set aside time to reflect on the bountiful provisions that our sovereign God has made for His people. And yet for our nation as a whole, Thanksgiving seems to be lacking a clear sense of purpose. For our church family it is my prayer that we will excel and be an example to others in this matter of giving worthy praise to our great God and Savior this Thanksgiving Day. Let us beware of commercial superficiality which has attached itself to this season of giving thanks.
Giving of thanks and expressing heartfelt gratitude to our heavenly Father would be beneficial for our nation. President Ulysses S. Grant recommended on October 14, 1873: “I therefore, recommend that on Thursday, the twenty seventh day of November next, the people meet in their respective places of worship to make their acknowledgment to Almighty God for His bounties and His protection, and to offer Him prayers for their continuance.”
Thanksgiving is good for our nation and for our church. It is also good for us as individuals. John Henry Jowett, a great preacher of a generation past said: “Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic. It can be a vaccine that can prevent the invasion of a disgruntled spirit. As antitoxins prevent the effects of certain poisons, Thanksgiving destroys the poison of faultfinding and grumbling. When troubles have over taken us, a spirit of thanksgiving is a soothing antiseptic.”
This Thanksgiving may our Lord find us with lives recommitted to Him and filled with grateful praise to our God.
Thanks to God for my Redeemer,
Thanks for all Thou dost provide,
Thanks for times but now a memory,
Thanks for Jesus by my side.
Thanks for pleasant, balmy springtime,
Thanks for dark and dreary fall.
Thanks for tears by now forgotten,
Thanks for peace within my soul.
“O give thanks to the lord; for He is good: For His loving kindness is everlasting.” - 1 Chronicles 16:34