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Where did Thanksgiving go?


I am notorious for forgetting things. If you don’t believe me, just ask my wife. Over the years, I’ve had to create a few different systems to keep me from forgetting even some of the simplest things. But even that doesn’t always work. Just a few months ago, I went on a quick two-day trip to Washington D.C. Not only did I forget to pack all of my toiletries, but I also forgot to put on my glasses before I left. I didn’t realize that I had forgotten them until I was on the way to the train station. I wish that this was an isolated incident, but it seems like I forget far too much, especially for someone my age.

So, with my personal history of absentmindedness, I find it interesting that I seem to remember something that most of the population has forgotten. What is that, you ask? Thanksgiving! It appears the past few years, as soon as Nov. 1st arrives, we move right into the Christmas season. Store displays are hastily built, Christmas cards are prominently placed on store shelves, and Christmas decorations abound. Even the latest faux-controversy over Starbucks “non-Christmas” coffee cups further proves that Thanksgiving has become an inconvenient speed bump before Dec. 25.

Can I take a moment to encourage you to not forget this important holiday? Although we don’t find Thanksgiving Day in the Bible, the idea of taking time to thank God for his bounty is quite biblical. The old hymnwriter once wrote, “Count your blessings. Name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” Of course, this is an extension of a biblical principle found throughout the Scriptures, like 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

The Thanksgiving season is a wonderful time for us to remind ourselves that we are a blessed people. On top of that, the fact that we live so close to Plymouth, home of the first Thanksgiving feast, should make this time of year even more important to us.

Friend, in the hustle and bustle of the season that is to come, let’s not forget the beautiful message of Thanksgiving. We have much to thank God for, so let’s take to heart the words of the psalmist: “Give unto the lord the glory due unto his name; Worship the lord in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 29:2).”