24th November 2011

Thanks Giving

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”
Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV)

Today is an American National holiday called ‘Thanksgiving’. It is a day when the nation pauses to remember their history and give God thanks for their blessings. They thank God for the American Indians (now called ‘Native Americans’ to be politically correct), whose giving to the Pilgrim Fathers of friendship, agricultural instruction, gifts of food including wild turkeys, pumpkins and ‘indian’ corn, saved their lives and blessed their early years.

We are ‘pilgrims’ (1 Peter 2:9-17 NKJV) in this life and give thanks to the God who gives us everything.

If we break the word ‘thanksgiving’ into ‘thanks’ and ‘giving’, we can see this word not only as the giving of thanks for blessings and gifts received, but ‘giving’ as a result of, or response to, our gratitude because of what God has done for us. We give of our substance to him in offerings, but we also follow his example and show love by giving to our fellow man in sharing the gospel (good news), lending a helping hand, listening in times of distress, donating to charity, giving gifts and sending cards, etc. This multiplies the thanksgiving because those that we give to also in turn give thanks, as we read in 2 Corinthians 9:12 (NLT), “So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs…will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.”

Let’s do both ‘thanks’, and ‘giving’ on this Thanksgiving Day.

Thank you, God, for giving us your Word, your Son, your Spirit. Help us to respond not only with thanks and gratitude, but with a generous attitude of giving to others.

Study by Nancy Silcox

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