Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies
Giving of thanks
The first Thanksgiving was when the early settlers pressed their gratefulness to the Creator for getting them to the New World. This sentiment of thanking the Almighty has been lost by many because of the secularization of the holiday. Yes it's true that people can do what they want to do, but the original intent for this special day should not be forgotten by those who follow the Bible. Believers in Christ are told in many scriptures to give thanks. Psalms 34:1 tells us to Bless Him at all times and let His praise continually be in our mouths. That's every day all day long. We are not bound by the fourth Thursday in November, but if one is to observe it, he or she should understand the original intent which was to give thanks to the One who made us all. I Thessalonians 5: 16-18 says: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. This means that no matter how bad we perceive our situations to be we must thank Him all the time.
Jeremiah 33:11 Give thanks to the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Ephesians 5:4- Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving
During this 2020 season of thanks, I have noticed some trends among the secular. They are using the holidays a means of giving thanks to other people. Bosses are thanking employees, for a job well done and some are thanking first responders for their diligence during the coronavirus. There is nothing wrong with that because the Bible tells us to give honor where it is due. I am pointing out how the specific day of the fourth Thursday in November is being changed right in front of us. The pilgrims came to America to escape religious persecution and they were thankful to worship the Most High as they chose rather than as they were told back in England. The sole focus as I have read about it was to thank Him. I find it interesting how rather than acknowledge that there is a Supreme Being, or ignoring holidays that honor Him, the secular world decides to water down the events of the day and change them to fit their own agenda. If I did not believe in God, I would ignore holidays that celebrate Him but not everyone feels the same way. I even saw a video where a librarian was reading a book and telling children to be thankful for eyes, ears, and other bodyparts. Nothing wrong with that but again I say it distracts from the reason for Thanksgiving Day.
Leave it alone
What is it that causes nonbelievers to turn everything of a religious nature into what fits their situation instead of just leaving it alone. The same has been done to Easter and Christmas, which also are far from their original intent and purpose. I understand that Abraham Lincoln made the fourth Thursday in November a national day of thanks and that many in this nation do not believe in the same God or any god. These Americans deserve to have equal rights. Even so, I would never try to change the way any holiday is observed but would ignore it if it did not line up with my personal beliefs. We have free will in this nation to celebrate or not as we choose to, but if you are blood bought believer in Christ through His resurrection, be careful. Do not allow the secular world to change your views. On Thanksgiving Day and the other 364 days in our calendar year, we must remember that it is not about what we are thankful for, but to Whom we give the thanks. His Name is Yeshua, Jesus, the Prince of peace, the King of all kings and the Lord of Lords. he alone is worthy of our praise.
- 1 Chronicles 16:34 - O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 100:4 - Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His Name.
Always remember that the original intent and purpose was to give thanks to the Creator which His children should be doing every day of their lives.
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