Readings: Philippians 4: 4-9 and John 6: 25-35
Thanksgiving is an awesome day where we gather with friends and family to give thanks for all that God has blessed us with. All that we have comes from the Lord. This day we give thanks.
Our Israelite forefathers recognized God’s provision from day one. Adam was grateful for God’s love and care in the garden. His son, Abel, brought the first lamb of his flock and sacrificed it as a thank offering to God. The Israelites continued to give thank offerings and have a festival at harvest time where they thank God for all of their blessings. Other festivals, such as Passover, also give thanks to God for the role God has played in their history.
Our American forefathers began Thanksgiving out of gratitude for surviving in a new and wild land. They were grateful for those who God had sent to teach them what they needed to do to survive here. They too recognized God’s hand at work in their lives and gave thanks.
Today, as we gather with family and friends, may we too give thanks for all of the ways God brings blessings into our lives. May we celebrate today with a grateful heart full of thanks to God our Father, the giver of all good things.