Giving Thanks


In the excitement of Thanksgiving Day, it’s easy to forget those who are less fortunate.

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17

What are you most thankful for? A visit from a loved one? Turkey and pumpkin pie? The sound of children laughing? Or your favorite team winning by a field goal?

Think about the first Thanksgiving—the day the forefathers set aside to give thanks. The early pilgrims gave thanks to the omnipotent Creator who provided their food. They were primarily concerned about having enough food to make it through the winters, because many of the early colonists died of starvation.

These people had no difficulty in believing in a Creator. They were simple people who lived off the land. They noticed that when acorns fell on the ground they grew into oak trees, and when pinecones fell pine trees grew. Not once did they see a pine tree come from an acorn, so they knew God had an orderly plan for everything.

They lived on the cutting edge of life and that’s where they had their needs met by God.

In the excitement of Thanksgiving Day, it’s easy to forget those who are less fortunate. We should always reach out to someone who is alone or hungry.

Above all, don’t let your giving of thanks become a ritual. With your family and friends, either sing or recite the words to the Doxology (Praise God from whom all blessings flow. . . ).

Daily Scripture Reading:

1 Corinthians 5 – 8


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