For a lot of people, Thanksgiving does not mean what it used to mean. Celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is a national holiday when people travel home to have a big meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and more. It is a time when families get together and enjoy being together. And for some Americans, that’s all it is – a day off from work, lots of food and fun, and watching American football on TV. But for Christians, Thanksgiving is much more than that.
Remembering God’s blessings
But for those who trust in Christ, they remember that the family and food they enjoy did not come to them by their own work alone.
For Christians in the United States today, Thanksgiving Day is not only a time for food and family, but it is also a time to thank God for His good provision and care for them, just as He cared for the original American settlers. Not all Americans are Christians anymore and many people don’t thank God on Thanksgiving Day. But for those who trust in Christ, they remember that the family and food they enjoy did not come to them by their own work alone. All the blessings they have are blessings from above. God is our creator and provider, and it is right and good to thank Him regularly for all that He gives us, as the Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Let us be thankful
Thanksgiving may be an official holiday in the United States, but you don’t need to be in a particular country to give thanks to God. God made all peoples and all lands, and people everywhere can give thanks and even have special days and celebrations to remember what God has done. Let us be thankful, then, not only on Thanksgiving but all year long, in all places!
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