It’s the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States or rather I should say it’s the Thanksgiving shopping event here. It seems the holiday has been co-opted by the retail stores and it is they that are most thankful this weekend. Sad actually but not really unexpected. After all, we’ve come to that point in our society where we talk about giving thanks, but don’t really know to WHOM we give thanks! We do some generic “thank you” into what seems emptiness and we wonder why people feel the need to fill that emptiness with shopping. At least we get something for our effort. When we don’t know the giver, we can’t be the “thank-er.”
I would like to think that Christians would be the best thanks givers of all. It’s inherent in the very foundation of our relationship with our Giver-Father. Here are just a few Scripture verses that remind us of that:
“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15, ESV)
“…giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20, ESV)
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17, ESV)
Fortunately, we don’t need a special holiday to remember to give thanks; we can do it every day. We can daily appreciate the greatness of our God and acknowledge His goodness to us. That is the best holiday of all. So while some Americans celebrate their annual Thanksgiving shopping event, I suggest Christians around the globe pause to give thanks today, and tomorrow, and next Tuesday, and January 14th, and April 22nd… well you get the point.