In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Today's Morsel: Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in America, has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863. Thanksgiving was historically a religious observance to give thanks to God. It is thought that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks to God for helping the pilgrims of Plymouth Colony survive their first brutal winter in New England. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days providing enough food for 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. The feast consisted of fowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. William Bradford's note that, "Besides waterfowl, there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many," probably gave rise to the American tradition of eating turkey at Thanksgiving.
We must learn to give thanks in all things and for everything. When we praise God, we are thanking Him for all the things that He has done for us and will continue to do for us. We must always possess an attitude of gratitude and not ingratitude. We must be thankful and not unthankful. If we would take inventory, we would see that we are blessed and, in more cases than not, have more than what we need. The Psalmist said, "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever" (Psalms 136:1). Mercy is not getting what we deserve. If God would mark iniquity, none could stand. But because there is forgiveness with God, we should thank Him for His loving-kindness toward us. They say that the most ungrateful people in the world are those who do not share with others the things that they have. Are you thankful? Are you thankful for your family and friends? Are you thankful for your freedom? Are you thankful for your salvation and life? Paul said that we should give thanks in everything for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us. Are you in His will?
Sing: Thanks! Thanks! I give you thanks, for all you have done. I am so blessed, my soul has found rest. O' Lord, I give you thanks!