Thanksgiving adds value to our family in several ways. Here are a few to think about:
- It causes us to realize that there are things in life that we don’t control by encouraging us to look to the One who controls all things
- It makes the little things of life such as the minutes and hours, and not just years, that we spend with each other large enough to be seen
- It causes us to be grateful by saying those words that mean so much when they’re said with the heart – thank you
- It makes us appreciate those in our life who have shared their love and most importantly, if it’s there, their example of a faithfulness to God that knows that life doesn’t always work out the way we think it should, but nevertheless we have a God in our life who has worked out what we need the most by his grace
So many words are contained in the single word thanksgiving that I don’t know if they could all be counted, but that’s why it adds value to so many things including our family when we understand what it is.
Remember, the Bible never uses the word thanksgiving in connection to a day that America celebrates, but it does use it in the same way that we can we celebrate this coming day in America – and that’s with an open heart.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” (Philippians 4:6)