My daughter, Bethany, is a Thanksgiving Advocate. She believes that Thanksgiving does not get the respect it deserves. A few days ago a radio announcer stated, “Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Christmas season.” Signing with indignation Bethany protested, “It’s not fair! People just wanna skip over Thanksgiving and move right on to Christmas. Thanksgiving deserves more respect.” Jokingly I replied, “You’re right, Beth. That’s why we’re such ungrateful people.” Initially, I was amused by the banter, but after reflection I realized a deeper truth. I am often like the radio announcer; I hurry pass giving thanks onto the things given. Giving thanks is a Biblical imperative. We are commanded to be thankful ...
For who He is - I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High. Psalm 7:17
For deeds done - Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:8-9
For others - For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. Ephesians 1:15-16
In all circumstances - give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
To bear witness - I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1
Thanksgiving is multi-dimensional; it is more than being grateful for the things we have or the predicaments we find ourselves in. Thanksgiving is the state of being His - unconditionally loved and accepted by the Lord Most High. “For in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28. Slow down and fully enjoy