Thanksgiving

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If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

Welcome to another Terrific Tuesday, where we take a look at God’s word, His kingdom or His people to see what we can learn about ourselves, Him and/or our relationships with Him.

Everybody in the United States knows what Thursday is, right? It’s Thanksgiving. All about eating a lot of turkey and dressing and giblet gravy, watching the Texas Longhorns beat the Texas A & M Aggies—oh, wait, the Aggies slunk away from that competition to join another conference.

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Well, that’s not what it’s about anyway. Although some of us forget as time goes by, every school kid is taught that Thanksgiving was a special day to Pilgrims set aside to thank God for their bounty. For bringing them out from under the oppression of the feudal system. For getting them through their first year here without starving and without being attacked by the Indians who already lived here.

In recent decades it has become popular to mock God and His word. To claim that this is not a Christian nation and that it was not founded on Christian principles by Christian men. But I wonder how many of these mockers and scorners will demand to work Thursday and refuse to celebrate with their families over a Thanksgiving dinner. I doubt that many will take that stand.

This Thursday practically everybody in America will sit down to some kind of a feast in honor of the day. John Madden will have one of his six-legged turkeys. We’ll all stuff ourselves with too much dinner and too much dessert. And then we’ll munch on the leftover dessert the rest of the day. Most of us will probably watch a football game or two. We’ll visit with family and have a good time.

But let’s not forget what’s behind the celebration of Thanksgiving. It’s not just an excuse to eat too much. It’s not just the day before the Big Christmas Sale. It’s the day to recognize our blessings and meditate on how fortunate we are to be so blessed. A day to remember Who the source of those blessings is. A day to thank God and praise His holy name. A day to be glad that He is our God.

Do you have a New Testament passage or concept you’d like to see discussed here? Maybe something you’ve never quite understood. I’d love to hear from you about that, too. I’ll try my best to explain it.

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About David N. Walker

David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years in the health insurance industry, during which time he traveled much of the United States. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers' groups. Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series, Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as through Smashwords and Kobo. See information about both of these by clicking "Books" above.
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