Thanksgiving: A Thankful Time of Year
Find a quiet place where you can retreat for a few minutes and think about what Thanksgiving means to you. What comes to mind?
…all the family gathered for a joyful celebration?
…a painful sense of loneliness at being apart from family and friends?
…a large roasted turkey with all the trimmings?
…watching football for most of the morning and afternoon?
…taking food to a needy family?
…overeating and needing the relief provided by an antacid?
Thanksgiving may be many of these and more. If you found this an intriguing exercise, why not think back to past Thanksgivings at your dinner table this Thanksgiving?
Think back with me to the Pilgrims who struggled to find freedom to worship God in their own way. They shared their first Thanksgiving with Indians and all participated in the celebration. Thanksgiving observances spread through the colonies. Eight days of celebration and thanksgiving were set apart during the Revolutionary War. Later, President George Washington designated Thanksgiving as a national day of commemoration.
Thanksgiving should be a family holiday and celebration. It should be a time to express our gratitude to God for His goodness over the past year. How can your family make Thanksgiving meaningful? This year make it a special holiday!
Something to think about! Chaplain Dave