Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving

by Dave DuBois on October 29, 2021

What better idea than to talk about Thanksgiving for the month of November. 

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast, which set the stage for “thanksgiving” to be born. We continue to share Thanksgiving for almost four centuries later. It wasn’t until 1863, during the Civil War, that President Lincoln proclaimed a national “Thanksgiving Day” to be held each November.

Many people look at Thanksgiving Day as a day of relaxing, watching parades, and football on TV, as well as overeating, to name a few traditions.

Maybe it would behoove us to take a closer look at it from a biblical lens. 

Paul mentions “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). 

As we give thanks, let’s remember what the most important blessing we receive is; to give thanks to Jesus Christ for being nailed to the cross for all our sins and to receive the gift of eternal life.

During the Last Supper when Jesus was with his disciples before he was crucified; He told them as he broke bread and gave his disciples the cup to drink, he said “give thanks, as often as you do this in remembrance of me.” Jesus’s eyes were on the future. He got through the cross not by focusing on the cross, but on the sure promise that resulted from the cross. 

What a tremendous gift of thanks we receive from our Lord and Savior!!

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

“Thank you, Jesus.”

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone,

Pastor Dave

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