By Douglas M. Williams Sr
“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).
“For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 4:4).
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations” (Psalm 100:4-5).
“Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 7:12).
In the above verses, and many others, we are taught to be thankful unto God for his manifold blessings, as we realize that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17). Thanksgiving is the act of giving thanks to others, but especially to God, as prayers are offered as we express gratitude. Thanksgiving further signifies an acknowledging and confessing, with gladness, the benefits and mercies, which God bestows on all.
We are celebrating Thanksgiving this week. This reminds us of the early settlers of our country and for the blessings of God in their bountiful harvests. For many years there was no regular national Thanksgiving Day, but many people promoted the idea including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who proclaimed the last Thursday in November, 1863, as “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.” Congress ruled that after 1941 the fourth Thursday of November would be observed as Thanksgiving Day, and would be a legal federal holiday.
Our thanksgiving should be continued throughout the year as long as we live. Let us never be like the pig eating acorns, but never looking up to see from whence they come! Ingratitude is a terrible sin, and so unnecessary as Jesus taught in Luke 17:12-19, when the ten lepers were cleansed and only one returned to give thanks.