Thanksgiving-Are you Thankful?
Sis. Myrtle Love
In North America a day is set aside each year as Thanksgiving Day. On this day of feasting and prayer people give thanks for blessings they have received. In earlier years, the festivities took place after the crops were gathered, which is why the holiday still take place in the late fall. Harvest festivals did not begin in America. It was a practice in Europe and other countries. In Leviticus 23, the Lord said to Moses, "These are my appointed feasts which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies." As you read about these feasts in Leviticus you will find that they were oriented toward God. Can you say that about your Thanksgiving festivities?
Thanksgiving Day was not always celebrated on the last Thursday in November. It has been celebrated on July 30 and on the first Thursday in November. Congress finally ruled that after 1941 the fourth Thursday of November would be observed as Thanksgiving Day and would be a legal federal holiday. For most of us the mention of Thanksgiving brings about memories of joyous reunions with the family, big dinners with good things to eat, serious religious thinking, church services and prayer. This is why a few individuals were asked, what Thanksgiving means, what are you most thankful to God for or how has God worked in their lives. Here are some of their thoughts: