Blessings at Thanksgiving
"A day off from work, I don’t have to do anything"
It has been 390 years! In that length of time many things have been forgotten or pasted over. Most people now days think only of themselves, the here and now, with little remembrance of yesterday much less 390 years ago and what people were thankful for. “What is so special about this one day anyway,” you say. “A day off from work, I don’t have to do anything, this is America and I have my freedoms. You can’t make me do what I don’t want to do. This is the twenty-first century so why can’t I just have a few beers, watch the ball games or do whatever; it’s my choice isn’t it? I don’t see the big deal about Thanksgiving.”
The only thing good about Thanksgiving is the turkey
You are right you don’t have to do anything and if you did it wouldn’t be from a heart of love. Sounds like you’ve gotten your way all your life. Just hid away in your little shell and Friday, it will all be over and oh yea, the Christmas sales begin and that will help you to forget about all this sentimental junk about being thankful anyway. Then you say, “The only thing good about Thanksgiving is the turkey, don’t you think? You don’t… really?“
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I’m thankful for the same reasons the pilgrims were
Really, I am thankful for Thanksgiving and that God allowed me to be born in America. Well, I think I’m thankful for the same reasons the pilgrims were, 390 years ago. I’m thankful for God’s protection in this land, He doesn’t have to do that you know. Yes, I realize, Thanksgiving is the only true American holiday but let’s not be so arrogant to think that by being born American, He owes it to us. Let’s not be too demanding of the Creator of the universe. His protection is not automatic, in fact it’s conditional. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”
I’m thankful to God…
Besides our protection God is also our provision. Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened”. Now if the pilgrims knew this and wished to give God the thanks for His blessings… I too, claim to know God through His son Jesus then I should also recognize that God’s grace is also on me and my family because of our acceptance of what His son Jesus has done for us through simply believing on Him. I’m American and I’m thankful that I was born free, can worship God as I please and even make this statement without fear of reprisal from a government of totality. I’m thankful for my family and for my friends and neighbors, and I’m thankful for the rights granted me under our Constitution and my freedoms. I’m thankful for young men and women willing to protect me and my country while risking their own lives often far away and even remotely stationed. Yes, I’m thankful this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful to God…
© 2010 SamSonS
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