A Time for Thanksgiving

Isaac Doyle

What a wonderful time Thanksgiving is. I am one of the many who indulge in the festivities of this year, going home to see family, eating too much turkey and dressing, watching the Macy’s parade, and going shopping at Black Friday sales. My contribution to this day of thanks is to tell my family one thing I’m thankful for before eating, but is that all the thanks I truly give? Sadly, I see the act of giving thanks on this day dwindle in quantity and quality not just from myself but from those around me as well. An outcome of this horrid realization is an even worse one. That my thanks towards the Lord, my God and my Father, is given even less. Having had built my faith and strengthened my relationship with the Lord this past year, I was curious as to how I could show a great amount of thanks to Him on Thanksgiving. As I did some research online and flipped through my bible, a verse from Psalms 92 gave me the answer.

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night.”

I had the wrong question in mind. It wasn’t how great I could show God my thanks on one specific day, but rather that I should be showing God thanks in my everyday all year round. God is in constant pursuit of His children, wanting our love, and giving us blessings in every moment. He doesn’t wait for one day out of the year to do His work. So neither should we wait to give God thanks, but rather to give Him praise and thanks consistently. James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” Isn’t that wonderful?! To me, that means every good thing I have received is from God, so in return I should continually give Him thanks in my mornings, my evenings, and every moment in between.

Abba Father,
I pray that our thankfulness towards you is great and never ending. That we remember the ultimate blessing of your son, Jesus, dying on the cross for our sins. I ask that during this holiday of Thanksgiving we are reminded to not only give thanks to our loved ones, but to you overall. I pray your many blessings and good deeds are reflected in us, that we may realize how good you are, as we show others the love you have shown us. In your holy, precious, and mighty name. Amen.