Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
I love Thanksgiving, I’m pretty fond of all the holidays we observe in this country, but I particularly love that we have a day set aside for thanksgiving that is named after that activity. When you consider Thanksgiving as a national holiday, you really cannot escape the Christian influence prevalent in the foundation of the United States. That is why I’m grieved when I hear with more and more frequency the purposeful denial of the day and its purpose by referring to Thanksgiving as “turkey day.” More and more stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day in order to draw in shoppers with the trinkets and trash of this world. Think about it, the holiday is Thanksgiving and on that day we are to do just that, we are to give thanks for the blessings we enjoy. It is a day for joy and gratitude, not a day for making sacrifices to the idols of materialism. So here is my challenge to you this year as we live through another November, prepare. Prepare for Thanksgiving and enjoy the holiday. Prepare with thanksgiving for family and friends so when the holiday comes you will be ready to truly celebrate it before the Lord. More importantly than that, I say to you, prepare with thanksgiving to God for that great day when we will see our Savior face to face. We are a saved people; therefore we are a people of thanksgiving. No matter what hardships, trials, calamities, or storms you have faced, in Christ you have every reason to be thankful. Prepare for Thanksgiving with thanksgiving and make it a day of blessing the Lord,
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”