Today is Thanksgiving, a national holiday in the united States of America.
A one-of-a-kind celebration that is exclusive to the uSA.
No other nation, as far as I know, celebrates in like manner.
Yet, for the most part, we miss the point.
I am always amazed at the “giving of thanks”.
Heard it said yesterday by a news host/commentator that I highly respect…a new uSA citizen…that Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday because there is no politics, religion, etc.
Therein lies the problem.
Today you will hear/read a barrage of “thanks” being given.
Given to whom?
Ask that question in your mind every time you hear “thanks” and you will glean much.
Most “give thanks” “for” something, all the while ignoring that the giving thanks requires a giver and a recipient.
We are to be thankful in all things, never forgetting that all thanks go to the Most High God.
pray without ceasing;
in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Give thanks to the Lord for…
Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
I will give thanks to the LORD according to His righteousness
And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
(repeated 4 times in this Psalm!)
His everlasting lovingkindness.
For this we give thanks.
Anything else is “missing the mark”…sin.