Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Day. What do you have to be thankful for?

It is a holiday in America today. I am not an American so I would not lay claim to actually know what it is all about. However, all I hear about Thanksgiving is being with family and carving/chomping on the Thanksgiving Turkey. And there is this unusual tradition of pardon granted to the White House's turkeys; a tradition started by ex President Ronald Reagan. President Obama announced the pardon of Popcorn and Caramel out of a host of 80 birds; more like The Hunger Games.

Back to the main thrust of this post, What is behind the celebration of "Thanksgiving Day"? According to Wikipedia, 

Thanksgiving Day (Jour de l'Action de grĂ¢ce in Canadian French) is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well. Thanksgiving, currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November by federal legislation in 1941, has been an annual tradition in the United States by presidential proclamation since 1863 and by state legislation since the Founding Fathers of the United States. Historically, Thanksgiving began as a tradition of celebrating the harvest of the year.

Taking an introspective look within, do you have anything to thank God for?

For some people, when they consider all the blessings of the past days, they have cause to thank God. For others having not experienced any meaningful progress, they may not see any reason to thank God at all.

I personally think as a Christian, I believe that despite all the wars in the various tensive areas in world, the natural disasters like the recent Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines; the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record killing at least 5,560 people in that country alone, there are many things to be grateful for.

I thank God for Life first of all; for I know even when they say there is a casting down, for as a Christian, I experience a lifting up. 
I thank Him for blessing the works of my hands
I thank Him for His love for me and my family
I thank Him for all the great things He has done for me and all His plans for me

Here are some scriptures for this Thanksgiving Day.

Psalm 31:19
How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.

Psalm 95:1-6
"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker."

Psalm 107:1
"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."

I join all Americans globally to say "Happy Thanksgiving Day".

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