Turkey dinner….everyone likes turkey, right?
This is that great month in this unusual year that we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday set aside to tell God “Thank You’ for the many blessings He has bestowed on our lives and our nation.
Originally, it was referenced to Pilgrims that were thankful for not starving to death in the New World. You probably know the story of the 1621 autumn harvest shared between settlers and the Indians. It is most likely that the table had venison (deer meat for you folks that don’t hunt) on it as opposed to the Tom Turkey that we know.
I’ve always liked this story, and this holiday…resting in the afternoon after enjoying the meal, with Texas and Texas A&M playing, and the Cowboys beating someone in the late afternoon game. Neither of those will happen this year, partly because of schedule, and partly because the Cowboys, well, there are few things to be thankful for with them at the moment.
What you and I CAN and SHOULD be thankful for is the same things that the Pilgrims gave thanks for in that (possibly fictional) feast…God has faithfully taken care of you and me this past year.
Philippians 4:6 states these great Thanksgiving words:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
As good as God is to you and me, He will also listen to our requests, selfish as they sometimes are. We don’t have to plead “thanks” for survival as the Pilgrims did, but instead can rejoice in God’s bounty every day.
Now that’s something to give thanks for…every day.