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Thoughts on Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving, man! Not a good day to be my pants.
That’s funny! Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving? I sure am. Thanksgiving is really my favorite holiday. It is a truly American holiday. You probably know the history of the holiday, aware that some of the first settlers of this land had a celebration giving thanks to God for harvest and health. The fourth Thursday of November did not become the official date of the holiday until ratified by congress during the Franklin Roosevelt administration.
I love Thanksgiving for its simplicity. Sure, we’re trying really hard to commercialize it, like we have every other holiday. But, for the most part, it remains the one holiday in America that is relatively free of pressure to buy something other than a turkey to make the celebration complete. I love thanksgiving for the straightforwardness of the meaning and purpose of the holiday – give thanks. My children can articulate what Thanksgiving means without much coaching, unlike Easter and Christmas. Speaking of family, spending time with loved ones is one of the main features of any holiday. Of course, some people break into a cold sweat at the thought of spending more than a few minutes in the same space as your family members. But even this fear can be an opportunity. Think of it as an opportunity to thank God that you get to pick your friends!
I love thanksgiving for the effect it has on my soul. Thanksgiving is all about the heart. I need to give thanks. “An attitude of gratitude” my dad used to say. Giving thanks keeps me grounded, if provides opportunity to take stock of life and recognizes that all that I have, which is much more than material possessions, is due to one greater than myself. To celebrate Thanksgiving properly, you do not really need the perfect turkey, cranberry sauce, or pleasant relatives. In fact, all you really need is the proper attitude of the heart.
I’m thankful for all of you who read this blog, all my patients – who give me work worth doing, my family, my friends, my co-workers,….I could go on. Thank you, God, giver of every good and perfect gift.
Here are some inspiring words regarding Thanksgiving. Enjoy.
“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.”
“Now thank we all our God, With hearts and hands and voices;
Who wondrous things hath done, In whom this world rejoices.
Who, from our mother's arms, Hath led us on our way,
With countless gifts of love, And still is ours today.
O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep still in grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next.
All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest heaven;
The one eternal God, Whom earth and heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.
--hymn text by Martin Rinkart (1586-1649) Lutheran minister, Now thank we all our God
You guys have a great Thanksgiving!