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Celebrate Thanksgiving on a Deeper Level

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Thanksgiving is not a holiday in the Bible, but that doesn't mean the concept of giving thanks is missing. In fact, the concept of giving thanks is a theme throughout the Bible, especially in the Psalms in the Old Testament.

The theme of giving thanks is also in the New Testament. We read about Jesus giving thanks to God, His Father on many occasions. During the Last Supper, Jesus thanked God before serving the bread and wine to His disciples (Matthew 26:26-27). In the three-part chapter of John 17, Jesus prayed to God and thanked Him for Himself, His disciples, and for us. Paul regularly gave thanks, and he commanded others to give thanks to God as well.

Celebrate Thanksgiving As a Holy Day as Well as a Holiday

When you gather with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day, let it be a holy day as well as a holiday. Be like the over 140 people who gathered for the first Thanksgiving in 1621. They praised God and thanked Him for providing for them through the previous year. Instead of having enough to survive, the pilgrims and Indians had enough to thrive. For that, they thanked God during a three-day observance.

Develop a Deeper Meaning for Thanksgiving

It is not hard to develop a deeper meaning and appreciation for Thanksgiving. You can begin by getting into the habit of thanking God for everything all the time. No one should wait until the last Thursday in November every year to give God thanks. We should make it a habit to thank God on a regular basis and make it a lifestyle. We should keep short accounts by thanking God all the time instead of allowing our thanks to pile up to be delivered only once a year.

We should get in the habit of thanking God from the time we get up out of our beds in the morning until we get back in bed at night. We should thank God for His amazing grace all during the day for His unmerited favor upon us. We should also thank God for His mercy for withholding punishment from us for sinning against Him and others. Some people think it is the big things that God should be thanked for. However, God should be thanked for everything because He doesn't rank things the way we do.

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To go deeper into God on Thanksgiving Day is to refrain from requesting anything new from Him. To please Him more is to thank Him for who He is and for what He has already done.

Remember that the purpose of Thanksgiving Day is to give thanks to God, and everyone has something to thank God for. If it has been your custom to pray a long list of requests on previous Thanksgiving Days, let this Thanksgiving be different. Thank God for what He has done in your life over the past year.

You might think there is nothing you can thank God for, but that is not true. There are so many things to thank God for. Even if you didn't get everything you wanted since last Thanksgiving, God still provided for you. When you truly go deeper and think about the goodness of God, you will conclude that God has been good to you, and that's something to thank God for.

If you are not in the habit of thanking God for what He has done for you personally, start by thanking God for the water we all you drink, the beauty of His creation to give us sun for warmth and trees for shade. The greatest thing about thanking God is that once you begin, your list gets longer because He reminds you as you praise Him in your own way while thinking of others as well.


Remember that the purpose of the first Thanksgiving was to thank God for His provisions and protection for the previous year. Let's carry on that tradition by thanking God for what He has done for us.

Remember also that we should thank God on a daily basis instead of waiting for Thanksgiving Day to do so. Then what we do on Thanksgiving Day will be a continuation of what we have done all year long.


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