The Thanksgiving Attitude

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In 1623, Governor William Bradford issued the first proclamation of American Thanksgiving. In that decree, he directed the Pilgrim Fathers to gather and “render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.” Since that time, there have been countless Thanksgiving proclamations by presidents and governors of our land. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, we are called to set aside a “day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.” 

As Christians, we should have an attitude of gratitude for all the great blessings our Heavenly Father has bestowed on us. 

The Bible says: “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:19-20). 

And, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). 

Note the keywords: “praise,” and “thanksgiving.” Notice the other important words in these passages; “always,” “continually,” and “in all circumstances.” So whether it is in a worship service, or at the Thanksgiving Day dinner table, or during any other activity, we are urged (commanded) to have a constant heart-felt attitude of thanksgiving to God. 

Larry Fitzgerald
Woodlawn church of Christ
Abilene, TX

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