As the leaves fall and the temperatures drop, our thoughts turn to the approaching holidays and our hearts warm with anticipation of coming celebrations with family and friends. Our country stands out among the nations of the world as we set aside a national day of thanksgiving every year, a day during which we take stock of our lives and give thanks for all the blessings we have received. Thanksgiving Day is rooted in the belief that it is right to give thanks to God from whom all good things flow.
That spirit of gratitude springs forth from our Christian understanding of God’s greatest gift to us is Jesus because God “so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).
All good things come from God and so it follows that Thanksgiving Day should not be for us just a single day on the yearly calendar, it should be a constant state of mind that leads to a life well-lived. We begin by giving thanks for many things, including the salvation we have in Jesus, our faith in him, our loved ones, the food on our table, and the nation in which we live. Then, as with all God-given gifts, we can determine how to share our blessings with others. In this way, our Thanksgiving can also be a blessing for those around us as we share our gifts with them, too.
As we begin the season of joy with the celebration of Thanksgiving Day, my hope is that we all take the time to pause to reflect on the true meaning of this wonderful holiday and work each day to nurture within us a strong and enduring attitude of gratitude, remembering the words of Psalm 34, “I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall always be in my mouth.”
It is with great joy and hope that I extend to you and your family best wishes for a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.
May God bless you and those you love.