Every November families all over the country celebrate Thanksgiving. In our country it began with the Pilgrims arriving in Plymouth Rock and thereafter having a three-day feast to thank God and gather with their Indian friends. Other countries do similar things to celebrate their bounty – Brazil Dia de Acaode gracas being thankful for crops; Ghana celebrates Yam Fesitival; Canada Jour del’action de grace (thanksgiving); Germany Erntedankfest (The Harvest of Thanks). Several thousand years ago God told Moses to celebrate “the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors which you have sown in the field” (Exodus 23:16).
Paul the apostle knew the true meaning of thanksgiving even in dire adversity. In prison he wrote: “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:19-20). Let us all remember to thank God for all the blessings he bestows on us not just on Thanksgiving but every day of the year!