Thursday, November 25, 2010

Why Thanksgiving?

Like so many things we do, Thanksgiving has lost a lot of its luster. It has become something entirely different than what it was when it was created. Two things seem to capture much of our way of celebrating Thanksgiving: too much food and too much football. We get together with family and friends and catch up on things we have missed in each other's lives because we are too busy to stay in touch or close.
For many of us, we give thanks to a God we don't recognize or know. It is something we instinctively know we should do, therefore thanks is given. We often give thanks with little sincere appreciation for how truly blessed we are. There is little awareness of those who won't have family, friends, or even food to eat today.
Thanksgiving Day is a good day. It should be a day in which we remember our blessings and God who gives them. We should remember that we don't deserve to have the lives we have. We did nothing to be born and to have the opportunities in live we have. We who know how to love and what it is like to be loved did nothing to earn it. We who know what it means to live in a relationship with God don't deserve such knowledge or opportunity in life.
Thanksgiving Day is a good day, but greater still is thanks living. Every day should be a day of thanksgiving as we live out our lives with gratitude to God for the blessings we do not deserve.

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