Only the Samaritan returned to give the Son of God thanks. He threw himself at the feet of the Savior and thanked him. Jesus asked where are the other nine? (Luke 17:16).
Whom in your life have you neglected to thank?
With thanksgiving only a couple weeks away, many thoughts turn to eating — turkey day, it is called. Most of us chuck it full of feasting, watching TV and visiting. It’s a family time for sure, but it is more than that. Did we forget something?
According to history, the first New England Thanksgiving was celebrated less than a year after the Plymouth colonists had settled in the new land of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Nearly half of the colony’s members had died during that first winter. But in the summer of 1621, harvest brought new hope and rejoicing. A three-day feast was declared by Governor William Bradford on Dec. 13, 1621. And so Thanksgiving Day was born for the purpose of prayer and celebration.
The custom of Thanksgiving Day spread from Plymouth to other New England colonies. During the Revolutionary War, eight special days of thanks were observed for victories and deliverance from perilous times. And on Nov. 2, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation for a day of thanks. President Lincoln, in 1863, proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November as “A Day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.”
To a student of early American history, is clear our forefathers expressed their “thanksgiving,” and their “gratitude” to God daily rather than once a year. Do we need to go back to the pilgrims’ fine art of gratitude toward God?
This is a good time to take a survey of ourselves. Have I forgotten to thank some benefactor?
This is a special time to thank at least one person you failed to thank earlier. You can be the 1 in 10 who is always grateful.
“Thanks” or thanksgiving” appears in 100 verses of the Bible. It’s that important. Thanksgiving is a matter of attitude. It is not mere words falling eloquently from the lips. Thanksgiving rises from the heart, and is expressed because it is there.
The expression of thanks to God is a privilege for the Christian. Even as a person verbalizes thanksgiving, he is at once praising God for His goodness and receiving the benefits of that praise.
The psalmist says in 118:28, “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.”
Whatever situation a person is in — whatever problem is surrounding him — that doesn’t change the fact “God is” and He is worthy to be praised. It should be natural to a child of God to look beyond the circumstances and bask in the love of God, knowing Him and trusting Him. “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:” (Psalm 103:2 KJV).
Why not have a season to remind us to have thankful hearts? It’s good our forefathers realized this. We are truly thankful only when we acknowledge God is our provider.