Thank Whom?

Guest Post from my older teen girl…

Thanksgiving…what does it mean?  Giving thanks…to whom? 

In studying the history of the pilgrims, we find that they were steeped in the teachings of the old and new testaments.  Their first “thanksgiving” was a post-harvest celebration giving thanks to the God of the Bible for protecting and providing for them.  It should be noted, however, that Thanksgiving wasn’t an officially celebrated holiday until 1789, when George Washington signed a proclamation for “A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer”.  The origin of the holiday, undeniably, points back to giving thanks to our Holy God.  The pilgrims, as rough as they had it, found many things for which to be thankful.  Surely, we are as blessed today.  Let’s slow down and take a moment to reflect and be thankful to the One through whom all blessings flow.   

My list begins

I’m thankful:  for a “school” in which I can learn facts that are often left out of modern textbooks, to live in a free country where I’m allowed to read and discover things, for the soldiers who fought (and are still fighting) for that freedom, for the nasty bruise on my left leg that helped win the basketball game Friday night, for my comfy fleece pajama pants with the coffee mug print on them, for fattening foods and great books.  Oh, and I mustn’t forget the valiant pilgrims, whose faith and hard work helped begin this great country.  Your turn! 

Happy Giving Thanks!


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