Thanksgiving Day

In the U.S., the last Thursday of November is celebrated nationwide as Thanksgiving Day. The following Friday, Saturday and Sunday are annexed to it making it a four-day public holiday. American families come together for the traditional turkey dinner. People do a lot of shopping, enjoy and make merry. Thanksgiving Day has a history of its own, but that that is no longer recalled, and who is thanking whom is also not very relevant to the celebration.

The book of Psalms in the Bible has many songs of thanksgiving. They tell us that thanks are to be given first to the Lord. That we have to thank the Lord not only in times of joy, but in adverse circumstances too. That he takes care of us all the time, that he satisfies our needs in every situation.

Psalm 100 is a short but meaningful expression of thanksgiving:

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

It is not that we set apart one day in the year to give thanks to the Lord and then forget him during the rest of the year. Thanksgiving has to be a daily prayer. We must bear in mind everything that he has done for us. We must remember the things that we could not have accomplished on our own. We must have faith that in future too his mercies will enable us to meet the challenges of life.

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