It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
For many New York families, the Thanksgiving holiday offers a much-needed break from work, an opportunity to reconnect with relatives and friends, and a well-cooked meal. For others, it is a solemn reminder of the blessings of liberty and prosperity that the Lord has bestowed upon the American people.
For Christian families, however, the holiday means much more. Thanksgiving is dedicated to an act that we are supposed to engage in on a regular and perpetual basis. In I Thessalonians 5:18, the Lord says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Ephesians 5:20 goes further, instructing believers to “[give] thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” As Christians, we are called upon to give thanks in everything and for everything; we should not only be thankful for our blessings, but also for our challenges, our hardships, and our sufferings.
In a land that offers many material blessings, believers can sometimes lose sight of how much we need the Lord. Christians, on this Thanksgiving holiday, let us be ever mindful that all that we have comes from the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord for everything. Let us be quick to share the blessings that He has bestowed upon us with others who lack material comforts, who struggle with great burdens, and who have not yet experienced Christ’s salvation. Above all, let us give thanks to God for the birth, death, and resurrection of His Son.
Let us give thanks.