by John E. Werhan
In the United States of America people have set aside the fourth Thursday in November as a day of Thanksgiving. This day was set aside so the citizens would remember the abundant blessings of our society. Even though this holiday like others is more commercialized than traditional some still remember it as a time of family, friends and fellowship.
In the past I looked forward to the time spent with family and friends. It was a time to fulfill the traditions of holiday past. For our family it was getting up and going hunting for the men and preparing the feast for the women. Then around noon the men would show up to the feast and eat more than necessary, then either stretch out or head back to the field. The women were left to clean up all the mess. Needless to say this is not a current tradition. Yet, it is a tradition that brings back fond memories.
As a Christian it is a blessing to take a short time to fulfill Thanksgiving traditions and be with family. But when it comes to thankfulness, it is a daily blessing. Paul the apostle’s writing to the Christians at Colossae noted the overflow of one’s gratitude:
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude” (Colossians 2:6-7).
In the letter to Ephesus he reminds them the source of all the blessings we receive, especially the blessing of Jesus our Savior (Ephesians 1:3-14).
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).
To the Thessalonians he wrote:
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
As we each enjoy our traditions this Thanksgiving, let us rejoice in each and every blessing bestowed on us. And let us not forget every day the inspired words of Paul:
“Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Colossians 3:17).