This is the week our nation celebrates a national Holiday devoted to the giving of thanks. While we should be thankful for everyone and everything, there can be little doubt that this day was meant as a day to give thanks to God. The first official Thanksgiving ceremony in the American colonies was December 4, 1619, when English settlers arrived at the Berkeley Hundred settlement in Virginia. The Holiday we celebrate now has its roots in in Massachusetts Governor William Bradford's proclamation of the first Thanksgiving Day which followed on November 29, 1623. He ordered a public ceremony to "render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings." The Continental Congress issued the First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving to all colonies to thank God for victory at Saratoga during the Revolutionary War. It established Thursday, December 18, 1777 as a day of "solemn thanksgiving and praise," to show gratitude to Almighty God, reminding Americans that "it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God [and] to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to Him for benefits received."
While many in today’s world celebrate Thanksgiving, most have forgotten its purpose. It is sad to note that many if not most who profess themselves to be Christians will happily gorge themselves on a Thanksgiving Feast but will not be faithful enough to attend Worship services the following Sunday. How serious do you think God takes a heart that is more dedicated to turkey than His church? I call upon you to have a special time thanking the Lord on this national holiday and demonstrate the sincerity of your gratitude by being faithful to Worship that same God on the Sundays leading to Christmas