Thanking The Lord
November has arrived! It is truly one of the greatest months of the year because it is the month of Thanksgiving. You are probably well aware of the first Thanksgiving and how the Pilgrims and the Indians go together and gave thanks for the bountiful harvest. That was in 1621. However, the first Thanksgiving did not lead to a traditional holiday and certainly not to a national one since the nation didn't exactly exist. Eventually, Thanksgiving began being celebrated more and more as the country grew and people wanted to give thanks. A real American Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the entire country just after the Revolutionary War. But still, it was not a national holiday. Abraham Lincoln was the first to declare the last Thursday of November Thanksgiving Day in 1863. That action has been followed by every succeeding president. In 1941 Congress got into the picture and set the national holiday of Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of every November. Today, we all look forward to Thanksgiving. Many families have different takes and traditions for Thanksgiving, but the overall theme is a family meal and giving thanks for all of life's blessings.
Thanksgiving should mean more to those of us who actually have a relationship with God. In fact, every day should be filled with thanksgiving. I am asking you to demonstrate your gratitude to God not only through prayer but by showing up for Sunday School and Worship Services each Sunday of November. While this should be every believer’s weekly practice, I am asking you to put forth some extra effort during this special month. Lets demonstrate our thankfulness by being obedient in worshiping the Lord.
Thanking the Lord,