This was an
easy piece to write because the bulk of it
wasn't written by me, but pastor Greg Laurie of
Harvest Christian Center in Aurora, CO. Many of
my 25 years in the Christian bookstore industry
were listening to Greg Laurie, and others on the
radio. As I read it over, I couldn't help
thinking of our good friend Dan Duff, who often
sent inspirational messages such as this to the
Aldersonian. Happy Thanksgiving!
It seems as though merchants
today don't really know what to do with this
holiday called Thanksgiving. When it comes to
other observances, like Halloween, they make a
lot of money from their marketing efforts. And
of course, Christmas is a financial windfall.
But Thanksgiving? Well, they sell more turkeys
than they usually do. But they don't really know
what to do with this holiday, which is spiritual
in its origins.
In 1863, President Lincoln designated November
26 as a day of national Thanksgiving. We
celebrated it annually on that day until 1942,
when President Franklin Roosevelt designated
Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday in November.
And just so we aren't fuzzy about which God we
should give thanks to, this is what the pilgrims
wrote in the Mayflower Compact, in 1620:
We whose names are underwritten, the loyal
subjects of our dread sovereign lord King James,
by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France,
and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc.
Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and
advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of
our king and country, a voyage to plant the
first colony in the northern parts of Virginia.
. . .
They were not just coming to our fair shores to
simply bring European civilization; they were
coming to bring the gospel of the Lord Jesus
Christ. It's very easy during our feasting to
forget about the One whom we are celebrating.
The primary reason we are put on this earth is
to glorify God and to give Him thanks. Yet
praise and worship are a sacrifice sometimes.
The Bible doesn't say, however, to give thanks
to the Lord because we feel good. Rather, it
says, "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!"
(1 Chronicles 16:34). He is worthy of our