What does thanksgiving mean to you? Is it just a day of fun, food, and family, and football? If that is all there is – then it is not a day of Thanksgiving. It is just another holiday to enjoy those things. Being thankful – truly thankful is the key to the celebration of Thanksgiving.
Many across our nation are participating in 28 days of thanksgiving leading up to that day set aside to give God thanks for all that He has done.
How do we show our thankfulness so that others will know and so that they in turn will be blessed also? Great gatherings of family and friends and great recipes overloading the table and fridge are but a small part of what Thanksgiving should be. Thanksgiving should be a daily practice and not just on one day of the year.
The five “F’s” of Thanksgiving Day is usually are Food, Fun, Family, Fellowship, and Football.
Of course it is all of these for the majority; but what is it to those who are not so fortunate to have these wonderful things in their lives? What of the sick, the dying, the homeless, and the helpless? How will they spend November 28, 2013?
Have you thought about doing something for others to share the bounty of what you are thankful for? There are many opportunities before and after Thanksgiving Day. Could this be the year that others will be thankful for you and for what you do for them?
Have you ever given thought to those who have to work on Thanksgiving Day - serving us and providing services for us? What about taking cookies, a cake or even a whole dinner plate to your local fire department or police department - or even a box of Little Debbie Snack Cakes with a thank you note attached.
What about that neighbor you know who will spend Thanksgiving alone. Could you put one additional place at your table? What about children all across America who are going hungry all year long and not just on Thanksgiving.
You could leave off one pound of butter, or one extra pie - and send the cost to - Feed the Children - a very worthy organization that helps see that children who have been forgotten by society will not be forgotten while sitting at an empty table this year.
The Salvation Army will have free Thanksgiving Dinners for the homeless and downtrodden all across America. You can give and better yet you can give and volunteer to serve. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as a manner of humbleness and many could help serve in the food kitchens all across the country that helps to feed the homeless.
Here in Atlanta the Hosea Williams organization has been providing food, clothing, medical check-ups and even hair cuts for the homeless in Atlanta - you can help in so many ways - find out how you can help at their web site. Or find such an opportunity in your city.
"In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (1 Thess. 5:18). In the midst of pain, sorrow, and even lack, if we seek things in those situations to be thankful for - it will help to bring us through them.
Begin now with your diary of twenty-eight days of Thanksgiving – to get in the habit of being thankful all year long. God’s Word, the Bible, tells us to be thankful in all things – not necessarily thankful for all things; but be thankful in all things.
Day one: I am so thankful that when God created the universe and the creatures of this earth - human and otherwise - that He had a plan from the very beginning.
He did not throw us out when we failed and He has promised to never leave nor forsake us. He never promised we would not have trouble and strife - the result of sin- but that He would be with us until the end of the world.
While He knew from the beginning man would sin and man would fail because of the freedom of choice He gave them - not to be a robot or puppet; but a responding human being who comes to Him in love, obedience, and expectations.
He took care of it all through Christ - our savior, our redeemer, our healer, our comfort, and our praise. I am so thankful that God is my Savior. What are you thankful for on the first day of Thanksgiving for the year 2013? ~~~~~~
Did you know that each penny earned from viewing Atlanta Faith and Family articles on Examiner is given to help families and children? By just reading these posts this month, you will be helping in a small way; but you will still be helping. Pennies make dollars and dollars help families. All monies are given to recognized charities that help families in need.