1. the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God.
2. an expression of thanks, especially to God.
3. a public celebration in acknowledgment of divine favor or kindness.
4. a day set apart for giving thanks to God.
Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that is easily looked over, especially if you aren’t the one hosting the feast. In fact, it’s become so materialistic and banal that it isn’t “important” anymore. If you ask, most people will say that it’s a day to spend with awkward family, a day of gluttony and football. And don’t even get me started on shopping and Black Friday.
How has a day of thanks become a day of greed? I don’t know the answer but I do know that I am going to do my very best to take the time to thank God for all of the things he has done for me. We don’t need more stuff. We don’t need more consumerism. What we need is love. Gratitude. A thankful heart.
If you’re reading this it means that you have access to a computer or a smartphone. It means that you have the internet. It means that you have more than you need. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not a problem to have more than you need. It just means that you should be extra thankful for where you are in this stage of life. I encourage you to be thankful this year. Be thankful for your home, for your family and for your life.
And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
As Black Friday approaches just remember that you don’t need to buy all of the latest gadgets and gizmos. Your children don’t NEED that latest XBOX or Playstation. What they do need is quality time. They need love. Your family doesn’t need all of the gifts that you’re stressed about buying. I promise you that your mom would want a dinner date with you instead of that White Barn candle that will cost you more than the meal.
Be thankful. Be happy. Be content.
You’re amazing. You’re a child of God and for that you should be thankful.
I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Love love love,