“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
One day a year, Americans gather together with friends, family or business associates–supposedly to meet and give thanks for the good things and abundance which have overtaken them during the REST of the year.
But like so many celebrations, Thanksgiving Day became known for so many OTHER things.
* Well-known parades put together by various enterprises to promote this or that
* Football games.
* Getting a head start on Christmas season shopping.
* Extended family gatherings involving travel, both from near and far.
* And, that most famous of Thanksgiving traditions: a BIG meal, featuring a number of dishes which have come to be associated with a national day of giving thanks.
Any actual giving of thanks?
That appears to be restricted to a few sanctioned events: the minute or so it required to say “grace” before the eating of the traditional Thanksgiving meal OR whenever the “story of Thanksgiving” is told.
And so, a holiday which supposedly was dedicated to the giving of thanks has become a holiday known for so many OTHER activities.
“I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.”
IF the truth be told, EVERY day should be a day of giving thanks–two or three or MORE times a day.
“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.”
Each person has MUCH to be thankful for.
EVEN the least of men and those of modest circumstance.
The REAL story of Thanksgiving Day in the USA was that there was ONE day set aside for men to give thanks.
Actually, EVERY day should be a day of giving thanks for the many benefits bestowed upon each man by his Creator.
The REAL story of Thanksgiving Day in the USA was that a day supposedly DEDICATED to the giving of thanks became a day devoted to so many OTHER things.
The REAL story of modern Thanksgiving Day in the USA has only been highlighted FOR SOME when a holiday dedicated to greed, selfishness and covetousness named Black Friday began on Thanksgiving Day.
Even those only partially paying attention could see that Black Friday was a vile, dog-eat-dog day: news organizations only too happy to promote fistfights over $70 TV sets and Buy-one-get-one-free-while-they-last toaster ovens.
BUT, such stories DO change occasionally.
Each reader COULD alter his or her daily routine to include a time–even a few moments–set aside for giving thanks.
Each reader COULD choose to focus on giving thanks during Thanksgiving Day–instead of the various traditional distractions.
Each reader COULD choose to spend a few moments time focusing on his many reasons to give thanks.
Each reader could CHANGE his individual story of thanksgiving.
How many will do so?
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.”
IS the reader thankful for his MANY blessings?
OR, is the reader concerned about the many things of this world which he DOESN’T possess?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 27-29, 2020.]
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