I wonder who gets “thanked” for the many blessings most of us have since many do not believe in God. Some think Thanksgiving as a holiday is foolish. They feel the original celebration was based on false fairy tales about the Indians and the Pilgrims.
I find comfort in the knowledge that comes from believing in God and His goodness to us, in spite of our sometimes ungrateful hearts. We had a wonderful sermon last Sabbath about Thanksgiving, brought to us by Harold Wightman, a retired pastor who has brought many messages to enrich our lives over the years.
“In everything give thanks” we are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:18. This verse states “IN” everything (or every circumstance), not “FOR” everything. Like I felt last Wednesday when I lost my balance and fell backwards on the concrete steps as I was leaving church. I hit the concrete and my head hit the concrete, but gently, not harshly as it could have been. I was not grateful for losing my balance, which happens more and more often as I close in on my 86th year of life. You may laugh when I tell you, I think my guardian angel sat me down gently and laid me back till my head touched the concrete stoop. I really believe that. In that situation, I am embarrassed (and not thankful) that I am becoming a tottery old woman, but I am so, so thankful that I didn’t break my back or any other bone.
If you really want to learn about being thankful, go to https://billygraham.org/story/how-to-be-thankful-in-all-things/ and find a reading that may change your ideas of thankfulness, of praising our Heavenly Father.
So, readers, please have a wonderful, safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday and count your blessings.