Thanksgiving: A Reminder

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

                                                            Ephesians 5:4

                Ok so it is about Thanksgiving and I want to show everyone that there is more to Thanksgiving than just a feast. Now don’t get me wrong feasting is a wonderful thing. I love me some turkey and pumpkin pie but there is a bigger reason to thanksgiving. First I want to stay on this topic of a feast, why do we feast together? Well back in 1621 or so the history books tell us the pilgrims had been going through some tough times here in America but then they had a good harvest. What was there response? Let’s have a feast, and so that’s where it all really started with the Thanksgiving feast. You might be wondering why having a feast is such a big deal, well it is where people gather around a table and are in community together. Eating around the table is the one place that people finally let go and just talk, its where stories are told, laughter is evident and tears are shed. My point is with all of this is that Thanksgiving is a reminder to always give thanks no matter the day. We shouldn’t always just take one day out of our year too feast or to give thanks. It should be a continual thing we do.

 

Some things in life we take for granted, how often do we as humans go through our life and just thank people? Usually what we do is complain or ask for more. I am a culprit of this very thing, I get so blinded by my complaining and want for more I miss all the wonderful things right in front of me. The five things I am most thankful for that I need to remind myself every day are one, I am thankful for God. I am thankful that He comforts me in times of pain and that He is my source of joy. Second I am thankful for my family, they don’t hear it enough from me but I genuinely love them and know that they love me. Third I am thankful for my friends and my church family, there encouragement and pursuit to know more about God push me to do the same. Fourth I am thankful for the things that God has given me. My house, my family and so many more things little and big. And fifth, I am thankful for the ability to give. This one seems different and it is but our sheer ability to give to others and bring joy to their life brings me joy. Look I cant force anybody to have a feast or give thanks any other day of the year but we must make an assertive effort to do these things. We must sit down with our families and just eat and talk, we must give thanks to all things we take for granted, even if it is just a smile from someone else.

 

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