Giving-Thanks on Thanks-Giving
By Christy L. Riley
November 223, 2011
former President John Fitzgerald
Kennedy once said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget
highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
100:4-5 says, “4 Be thankful and
praise the LORD as you enter his temple. 5 The LORD is good! His love
faithfulness will last forever. ”
let us all as we gather around the
table, give thanks remembering all the ways we are so blessed and our
Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday of which we all
celebrate the last Thursday of November. Travel back in time with me,
briefly tell of the story of the very first Thanksgiving shared between
Pilgrims and the Native Americans.
Pilgrims came over on the
Mayflower 6 September 1620. Half the Pilgrims perished during the harsh
England winter; yet God was faithful and love unfaltering. Samoset and
Native Americans, demonstrated to the Pilgrims how to plant food.
the Fall of 1621 produced an
abundant Harvest. In thanks to their new Indian friends, the Pilgrims
the first Thanksgiving meal with them.
now celebrate Thanksgiving day and
give thanks because of the many ways God has blessed you and me. The
Thanksgiving is to be thankful to God for the many blessings that you
take for granted, as well as, saying thank-you to each other.
my own words, giving thanks is more
than two words combined by a hyphen; it is a way of life. Giving thanks
something we are to do every moment of the day for every day of our
because as William Jennings Bryan once said, “On Thanksgivings Day we
acknowledge our dependence [upon God].”
understand what it means to be
thankful; first understand the two words “give” & “thanks”. TO
it simply means you are thankful 12 months out of the year, 365 days a
days a week, and 24 hours a day; and you are thankful in times of
well in times of plenty.
are some tips on giving thanks:
Thank God for the food you have, for every breath you take, in the
things, for the house/ place you live, for the clothes you have, the
have or will have, and for everything you possess; because everything
is a gift from God and we are to be thankful at all times giving thanks
circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
down memory lane with me to the
Thanksgiving Days you had at Grandma and Grandpa’s house to eat a meal
with your family as you reminisced of all the goings-on of the times
apart from each other. Recall the reason why you all gathered together
the enjoyment of celebrating the blessing shared in being together with
people you love who love you back.
me thanks-giving meant celebrating
two birthdays, visiting with family I rarely if ever see, playing card
and of course eating that delicious meal with all the people you love.
with the people I love was what made Thanksgiving so unforgettable. Yet
more than that to me.
my family got together at my
Grandma & Grandpa Tanner’s house it was so full of people and
abundant. Sure the food was the highlight of our family get-togethers,
me the best part was playing card games and opening my birthday
each year we met in Erie, Pennsylvania to celebrate two birthdays, play
eat Oreos, have apple & pumpkin pie, catch up with loved ones,
and to be
thankful as one to God for all we had in each other.
summing it all up, we celebrate
Thanksgiving not just because of apple & pumpkin pie, turkey,
mashed potatoes & gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, rolls,
football in the T.V., and all the rest; we celebrate because we are
God for all that we have in each other and in everything. Hence,
America is so
rich in abundance of blessings that we all take for granted, do not let
moment or any day pass you by in which you fail to say Thanks to God
give thanks. So now let us reflect on what a few once said as we
remember to be
thankful in everything.
William Shakespeare once said, “O
Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!”
think Charles Dickens put it best
when he said, “Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man
- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”