Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States and the following is an excerpt from an article that will appear in tomorrow's The Cypress Times focusing on our holiday of gratitude to God.
If you have a moment, read the article and leave us your "Thanks" in the Comments section below the article we'd love to spread the message of Gratitude for God's Grace to the world.
Have a Blessed and Grateful Thanksgiving!
Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."
Today is the day that is officially set aside in America to pause and to give thanks. Every school kid in America grows up with the tale of the Pilgrims and the Indians and that first Thanksgiving feast wherein the Native-American reached out to the suffering, starving newcomers to this land’s shores in mercy and friendship providing both fellowship and sustenance.
The Pilgrim’s used that opportunity to thank not only their native benefactors but to thank the Almighty God who had led them to this land on a trek to find political freedom that would allow them to openly thank their God. Imagine that. Thanking God for the right to “Thank God”.
Much has changed over the years.
Thanksgiving has become the holiday most associated with a celebration of gluttony, heavy on the gravy and light on the “Thanks” part. Be honest, have you spent more time thinking about your list of "Thanks" or the grocery list? Did you get the Pecan Pie?
Food is the focus, followed by sports, napping and elastic waist bands which of course only serve to allow for more food.
Over-indulgence and conspicuous consumption have replaced the humble thanks offered by the starving Pilgrims to their generous hosts and a Gracious God.