Why has this holiday been "shoved aside"? Is it just because of commercialism or is there something deeper here? Thanksgiving - giving thanks - have we lost the ability to do that in the culture we live in? Giving thanks requires a humble heart - a heart that can see and acknowledge that something or someone other than our own hands provided what we needed. In a country where everything Christian is under assault and where we "do it my way", have we lost the ability to say thanks? Are we not able to acknowledge a God from "whom ALL blessings flow?" Are we not able to recognize that to Him alone belongs the thanks and praise for all the blessings we enjoy? Thanksgiving day seems to be just a quick stop for turkey and football, instead of an acknowledgement that God our Savior has blessed us abundantly.
"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
I, for one, will not take down my Thanksgiving decorations until after Thanksgiving (although I must confess I have watched some Christmas movies!). I will keep them up as a reminder that I am not in control of my life, that there is one who is greater, there is one who is infinitely loving and gracious, one who blesses me beyond measure and for that, I am thankful, so thankful. I will keep them up to remind me daily (because, yes, I do forget) to give thanks to my God who so abundantly provides, not just material things, but all things that my soul needs to prosper.
"O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: fior his mercy endureth for ever."