On Thursday, November 28, Americans across the nation will gather with friends and family to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday traces its origins back to the earliest days of English settlement on the North American continent. Unfortunately, a holiday that was intended to be about thanking the Lord for his blessings has been tarnished. For many, Thanksgiving is no longer about giving thanks to God; rather, it is about gorging ourselves on turkey. Worse yet, “Black Friday”—the day after Thanksgiving—is associated with greedily shopping for consumer goods.

At New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, we desire to keep this Thanksgiving holiday in perspective. We’re not saying it’s wrong to enjoy a turkey dinner, or to gather with our loved ones. What we are saying is this: Thanksgiving isn’t really supposed to be about shopping, food, or even family (as important as family is). It is about remembering the Person who has generously provided us with these things. This year (and every year), we desire to be mindful of God’s mercy and sufficiency on Thanksgiving. We also desire to be mindful of those around us who may spend Thanksgiving alone, or who may not have the money for a turkey dinner. How can we show our thankfulness to God on Thanksgiving? How can we reach out to others and minister to their needs as an expression of our gratitude and worship?

From all of us at New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, Happy Thanksgiving!