Our Bible verse for today: Let them give thanks to the Lord for his faithful love and his wonderous works for all humanity. For he has satisfied the thirsty and filled the hungry with good things.” Psalm 107:8-9 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Thankfulness is an important character trait.”
Here in the USA our observance of Thanksgiving Day is modeled on the event in Plymouth, Massachusetts which took place in the Fall of 1621. That was when the newly arrived Puritan immigrants from England gathered with local Native Americans for a feast of thanksgiving and celebration. For the Pilgrims it was a time of giving thanks to God for His blessings of safe travel, provisions, and the promise of a new life in a new land.
Those types of thanksgiving celebrations were a regular feature of Pilgrim life and occurred often. The Continental Congress declared a onetime national day of thanksgiving in celebration of the newly adopted Constitution. In the decades after that, days of thanksgiving continued to be observed by the individual states for various reasons, but there was no regular national day of thanksgiving until President Abraham Lincoln instituted the practice in 1863. He declared that the last Thursday in November would be “Thanksgiving Day” and it has been observed as a national holiday ever since then.
And it should be. We Americans have a lot to be thankful for. We live in the greatest, strongest, most prosperous nation that has ever existed. We enjoy more freedom than any other nation, and we have the highest standard of living, with more creature comforts and economic security, than anyone else, anywhere else, in the world.
If Americans in general have a lot to be thankful for, how much more should American Christians be thankful? We are saved, we have the promise of eternity in heaven, we have the Holy Spirit of God living in our hearts now, and we get to enjoy all the other benefits of living in the USA as well! Think about it. You could be a Christian living in a hut in Africa, or in a prison cell in North Korea, or in hiding in China. But no, God has allowed you to live here, safe and comfortable in the greatest nation the world has even known. We have so much to be thankful for!
Join me today, Thanksgiving Day 2019, in giving thanks to our great God for His bountiful blessings. He has blessed us beyond measure. My family and I wish you and yours a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.