“A FULL BELLY AND AN EMPTY HEART?”

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”
Psalm 126:3 NIV 

 
Read:  Psalm 126:1-6

Tradition has been to have plenty of family and food for Thanksgiving.   We are seeing our society opting for much less.   Now, it seems Thanksgiving Day is about food, football and shopping. True thanksgiving and family are being de-emphasised by much of America.

Thanksgiving has always been celebrated with food.   In the early 1600s, both the Pilgrims and Puritans celebrated days of thanksgiving.   The Pilgrims celebrated the time of a good harvest.   The Puritans celebrated in faithful observance in prayer and feasting.   By the 17th century the two times of thanksgiving blended into our society as Thanksgiving.

 

Several early presidents attempted to establish a day of thanksgiving for the country.   It was not until 1863 that a national day of thanksgiving was established by Abraham Lincoln.  It took almost another 80 years to establish Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.

 

Now, stores are open on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate more sales, not families or to be thankful of all GOD has supplied.   More and more Americans are forgetting the reason for a Holy Day and begging the stores to take their money.

What are you going to do on Thanksgiving Day?   Are you going to be thankful for all GOD has done for you or will you have a full belly with an empty heart?

Today’s prayer:  “OUR ETERNAL GOD, Thank YOU for the comforting us and supplying all our needs.   May we be truly thankful of all YOU have done for us.  May we make this day a day to celebrate and be thankful for YOU.   Amen.”