Enter his gates with thanksgiving; and into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name. Psalm 100:4
About two weeks ago I found myself wandering through a forest of lovely evergreen trees. No, I wasn’t outdoors, I was in a store! Aisles of beautifully decorated Christmas trees surrounded me. There were some Halloween items also on display. But, I could not find a single Thanksgiving decoration, no cornucopias, no “Give Thanks,” lawn signs, no fall themed paper napkins and no turkeys –not even a feather! Thanksgiving has become a forgotten holiday.
Perhaps this trend is a troubling symptom of the decay of giving thanks for what we have. We have forgotten that God is the source of everything – everything! We never hesitate to ask God for things. We’re even instructed to do that. “Ask and it will be given to you …” (Matthew 7:7). The problem is that very often when we receive, we forget to say “thank you.”
We don’t need Thanksgiving doo-dads to do that. We don’t need to line the pockets of the big box stores to show how “grateful” we are. All I am saying is let us remember to thank God every day for the many blessings we have received. Thanksgiving day is everyday.