To me, Thanksgiving is a holiday with great meaning. The early Pilgrims gave thanks for their safe passage to the new continent. George Washington proclaimed a day of thanks to celebrate the conclusion of the war for independence. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared it a national holiday.
Today, however, Thanksgiving has come to mean a day to stuff the turkey, stuff ourselves, watch football and collapse on the couch or go shopping. How many Americans truly take time to be thankful?
We in this country, imperfect as it is, have so much to be grateful for: for the men and women fighting in Afghanistan and elsewhere to keep our country free, for the democracy that enables each of us to vote and voice our opinions, and for the opportunities for advancement, education, and prosperity that we enjoy and oft-times take for granted.
This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to take time to contemplate what you are thankful for. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. As the Apostle Paul says “In all things give thanks” (1 Thess. 5:18) I know I have much to be thankful for this year. Happy Thanksgiving to all!