Give Thanks

Psalm 136:1: “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

I Thessalonians 5:18: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus

 concerning you.”

On Thursday, November 25, Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving. The year 2021 marks the 400th year in which Thanksgiving has been observed in North America.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, followers of Christ have an opportunity to express our gratitude to the Lord for His many blessings. For many people, it can be a challenge to give thanks for the blessings in our lives instead of concentrating on the struggles we face and the circumstances that we might wish to change. Thanksgiving gives us a chance to consciously shift our attitudes in the right direction.

What should we thank the Lord for on Thanksgiving? Here are a few ideas:

  • Thank the Lord for the gift of life.
  • Thank the Lord for His provision.
  • Thank the Lord for the opportunity to live in the United States, which—despite its many flaws and shortcomings—is the greatest nation on Earth.
  • Thank the Lord for the relationships He places in our lives and for the community of believers.
  • Thank the Lord for pastors and evangelists, who share the gospel and faithfully minister to those under their care.
  • Thank the Lord for His righteousness, justice, mercy, and love.
  • Most of all, thank the Lord for the precious gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, through whom believers experience forgiveness and the promise of everlasting life.