Another Thanksgiving has arrived again to America. Every year we celebrate this holiday with family gatherings, traveling, Rose Bowl Parades, football bowl games, eating turkey and trimmings, drinking, shopping, and hunting. Every year we are stuck to these traditions. The last twenty years we have even added Black Friday Shopping to the schedule, on the day after Thanksgiving, and this year on Thanksgiving day itself. For all intents and purposes, it has become more of a holiday, a day off from work and a d a day for partying. Nothing about Thanksgiving has anything to do with Thanksgiving. All in all, it is just another secular and commercialism excuse not to work on that day.
Thanksgiving should be a day of spiritual thanksgiving to God. God has given us much to enjoy in life. First, and very important to everybody, He gave us life. Without that gift we would never know grace and mercy, salvation, and Him. From an earthly sense, we would never know the beauty of God and His creations. For all this we need to give God thanks and praise. From the national sense, the first Thanksgiving service was held in Virginia in 1607. In 1621, the Pilgrims held the first three day “Thanksgiving Festival”. These first thanksgiving occurrences were more spiritual thanksgiving to God for His protection and guidance. In 1863, President Lincoln set aside the last Thursday of November as a day of national Thanksgiving. Every president since then has followed suit. But since then every thanksgiving has given way to the worldly celebrations of parades, sports, and shopping. Any hint of religion, spiritual living, or God, has been deleted from the day of thanksgiving.
There are some families who will celebrate thanksgiving minus a family member, or more. This holiday, along with Christmas, will be days of sorrows, because those they have loved has passed away, or left the family for one reason or another. It is during these days that suicides spike. During these days, a spouse, a father, a mother, or even a child, will feel lonely, and do not want to go on living. Depression would be on the rise. This is all because of the way we celebrate Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas. Taking any spiritual aspect out of holidays, as well as any other day of the year, carries dire consequences. Rather than going to God for the blessings for the life they have, and had, they want to end their life because they think they have nothing to live for.
Let us take back our roots, and bring back the spiritual aspect into our holiday celebrations. Let us put God first, pray for strength, pray for His grace and blessings, and give thanks for everything He has done for us. After all, without God, we have nothing, absolutely nothing, to celebrate. Let us gather around the dinner table, hold hands, and give thanks for each other, answered prayers, and for what they have. God is the reason why we celebrate anything.