"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy." (Phil. 1:3-4)
What are you thankful for today? I am thankful for friends and family, breath and health, food and provision, purpose and passion. I am thankful that you are in my life!
The Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Plantation after their first harvest in 1621. 53 Pilgrims and 93 Native Americans attended the First Thanksgiving and the feast lasted for three days (supposedly because that’s how long it took them to finish eating the leftover turkey). H. U. Westermayer wrote, "The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving."
Here are some thoughts about thankfulness:
It is not happy people that are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.
Thankfulness consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don’t.
What if everything you are thankful for remained, and everything you forgot to say thank-you for disappeared? What if you only got to keep the things you said “thank-you” for? Do you say “thank-you” often enough?
Thanksgiving should be far more then a day of celebration, it should be a lifestyle. Let’s go from thanksgiving to thanksliving. Robert Caspar Lintner said, “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.”
Larry Ollison says, “Thankfulness is expressed in words, but measured with actions.”
Cicero, the Roman philosopher said, “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues." Thomas Fuller disagreed, "Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices."
We should all remember Psalm 118:29, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”