Long Before The Pilgrims
I grew up LOVING Thanksgiving, for many reasons. First of all, it was the official launch of the Christmas season! Like with most of us still today, an every-year tradition was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and waiting for that moment when “Santa” closed out the parade. Yep, that made the holiday season official – Christmas was right around the corner.
As I got older, Thanksgiving meant even more to me. In studying the origin of our country, and the sacrifices that were made by the founders of this great nation, I couldn’t help but be grateful for all that this holiday represented. A day set aside to offer thanks to God for His bountiful provision and protection.
But the call for Thanksgiving is much older than the Pilgrims and the American Indians that celebrated that first American holiday. As believers, we have the most for which to be thankful! Our God is the Author of Thanksgiving, the source of its deepest meaning. The Book of Psalms are full of declarations of Thanksgiving…here are a few, from the English Standard Version:
…proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds.
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High…
I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
Yesterday, we were privileged to gather one more time with our family, sitting around our table and offering thanks for another year. While some of our family members weren’t here, their place in our hearts were very present. And we all have SO much for which to be thankful…for our country, for our families and most of all, for the fact that our Savior went to Calvary and paid the debt that we owed, opening up the way for us to live with Him eternally.
He is the Lord, worthy of all our praise, and the object of all our thanksgiving.
Till next time.
~ Mike Gilland