Although Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday with definite secular elements in its origin (e.g., rejoicing at the end of the harvest), people of faith understand intuitively that this is a day to praise and give thanks to our Creator for the many blessings bestowed upon us.
We are, every one of us, truly better than we deserve, and today we recognize and celebrate that.
We give thanks for our families, our friends and neighbors, and our God-given talents and abilities. We give thanks that we still live in a place that leaves us free to leverage those talents and abilities to improve our earthly station, provide for our families, and worship without state interference. We give thanks that we can heed God’s call to share our blessings voluntarily with those who are materially less fortunate than we. For those of us (myself included) who work for non-profit entities, we give thanks that every day we do our job, we assist in providing tangible benefit to the communities we serve. We give thanks to those who safeguard our liberty, often at a great price paid by them and their own families.
So when we bow our heads today before diving into the holiday feast, let’s be so very thankful for all that we have and all that we are. And let’s remember the source of our blessings.