Bible Commentary: “Thanksgiving Day”November 26, 2015 at 10:57 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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We give thanks to the Lord for all of you!
For the benefit of our international readers today we celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Thanksgiving Day is a time for our nation and families to gather together and give thanks for all that God has blessed us with.
The story goes that the pilgrims, with their big buckles and top hats, sailed on the Mayflower and landed on American soil in 1620. 51 of the original 103 settlers died that winter. “13 out of 18 wives died,” said Peter Marshall and David Manuel in the book “The Light and the Glory. “Only three families remained unbroken.” But in March of 1621, their newly beloved friend, Squanto, saved them from their plight. He taught them how to plant Indian corn and how to catch fish. He showed them which plants were poisonous and which had medicinal powers. He basically taught them how to survive. The October harvest turned out to be plentiful – so Gov. William Bradford “proclaimed a day of thanksgiving to be shared by all the colonists and neighboring Native Americans.” 90 Indians joined in the celebration that lasted three days and consisted of games, races, marches, and music.
The Pilgrims were glad to be alive, they had food in abundance and they had shelter; so they gave thanks and held a party for everyone to attend, rich and poor, Pilgrim and Indian, those that hunted and those that did not.
Psalm 95:2 tells us, “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song”. Psalm 100:4 tells us to, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name”. Psalm 147:7 tells us to, “Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp”. And Jonah 2:9 tells us, “But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD”.
Child of God – When you’re grateful to be alive, that you have food and shelter and clothes to wear then you give thanks. And when you have thanksgiving in your heart out flows a song. The Pilgrims threw a party and their life was severe. The same God that was watching over them is watching over us so can we do less than they did? Let us throw a party and have God as the Guest of Honor. Even if you and He are the only ones in attendance He won’t mind just as long as there is song and lots of love. God enjoys a good party. Happy Thanksgiving!
Lord, thank you for all your blessings, especially for your great love and compassion and your salvation. Help me not to forget all the reasons I have to give you thanks. Help me not to focus in what I don’t have and focus in what I have instead. Amen.
If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
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