In 1620 a small ship name “Mayflower” landed along North American Coast.  It’s passengers were seeking a place they could practice their faith.  After enduring hardships, and suffering the loss of half their company, the settlers gathered with their new-found friends, the local natives, to give thanks to God for His blessings. The pilgrims continued to have days of Thanksgiving during the coming years. 

Having declared their independence from England, the United States would declare days of thanksgiving during the first thirty years of nationhood.  It wasn’t until 1941 that the official date for Thanksgiving as we know it was cast into law.

Sadly this holiday, which was once celebrated for any cause by the early settlers, is in danger of becoming extinct.  Stores are so eager to boost their Christmas sales that the Christmas decorations go up in late September.  By mid-October, there are few places that do not have Christmas trees up already.  Where is the thanks?  Have we become so commercialized that we ignore a day of thanks so we can fill our wallets with more.

Perhaps as Christians we should return to the traditions of 400 years ago.  Instead of setting a date that is largely ignored and lost in the Christmas feeding frenzy, perhaps we should celebrate days of Thanksgiving whenever Gods blessing fall on us.  If we are honest, the days of blessing are great.  In spite of problems with health, wealth, family, jobs and all the other problems we face, God does bless us.

If we celebrated the good times more, and moaned about the tough times less, we might just see how blessed we really are.
May the blessing of God fall upon you, and may your eyes be open to his bounty and blessings.

Alan

 

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

AAW 10/25/2011