I thought it best to say something about the 4th Thursday of November before it arrives since I consider it a day worth far more credit than it gets . We have all read about Pilgrims, Indians ( Squanto ) and the early celebrations . Today I suppose a mention of Thanksgiving produces images of turkey and dressing , my personal favorite of pumpkin pie , maybe football and maybe even the dreaded feeling of being as stuffed as the ole turkey himself .
First a bit of history , courtesy of thehistorychannel.com . The ist Thanksgiving dates back to 1621 and includes some surprises . First those present:
- Venison , seal and turkey among others
- Cod and eel
- Goose, duck and swan
- Indian corn
Not present :
- Pumpkin pie
- Cranberry sauce
- Corn on the cob
President Lincoln declared a national day of thanks during the Civil War but the day did not become an official holiday until 1941 . Now , alas its probably known best as the day before Black Friday , that most American of days, the biggest shopping day of the year ( and u can have it )
So can we reclaim it as a day of thanks , doubtful, and do we need to ? The Scriptures tell us the following in I Thessolonians 5:18
In everything give thanks , for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus .
Now that can put us in a bit of a quandry . Lord , what about ? Yes , my child . But you cant mean for me to be thankful that I’m sick or mistreated or unemployed or 100 other things , can you ? Can He and does He ?
The key to me is a little word – in – . Perhaps some will me as oversimplifying and perhaps I am . I generally taught that way . Not give thanks for everything but continue to give thanks no matter the circumstances .( contentment vs happiness ) He is there for us and with us no matter and for that we really can give thanks .
Happy Thanksgiving !!!!!!!
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