Nov 22, 2011 4:49 PM
For more than two centuries, Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving in honor of the day the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared a harvest feast together. The feast celebrated a successful corn harvest for the new colonists and a new allegiance with the Native Americans.
Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated by going to the store and buying a turkey with all of the dressings that go along with a typical Thanksgiving menu. Though our means of putting the harvest on the table vary, there is one thing that remains the same—we still gather around the table with family and friends to count our blessings in loving unity.
As Christians, Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder of the blessings our great and mighty God has given us; and as Americans, God has blessed us greatly with freedom and vast resources to better ourselves and our families and contribute to others.
This Thanksgiving, spend some time with your family—whether your tradition is to play football, watch football or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or cook in the kitchen together—make sure to share the things you are thankful for with the people in your life. Pray together and share God’s goodness with your loved ones.
We also encourage you to serve others in your community on Thanksgiving. There are many opportunities like serving at soup kitchens, giving to canned food drives, or running in a local Turkey trot race to benefit the people in your community. Give and show others the love God has shown you.
In the classic hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” the lyrics read ‘come thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace. Streams of mercy, never ceasing call for songs of loudest praise.’ During this Thanksgiving holiday, think about these words—we need to praise God for His blessings and mercy with ‘loudest praise.’