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Thanksgiving-we Celebrate It, But What Does It Mean!

When I thought about the word thanksgiving and wondered why it was given this name, I broke the word down and found the word “thanksgiving” is formed by combining two words: “thanks and giving.” So, to understand and appreciate the word thanksgiving you must be willing to “give thanks” (switching the word around) for something that is given to you or done for you. 

I know history tells us the first thanksgiving was recognized in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts when the pilgrims (or colonist) and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast together. But, today, let’s unpack the word “thanksgiving” further. It is said Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the U.S. and Canada, celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year

So, Thanksgiving has great significance with the past. It starts in the past and unfolds in the present. You really can’t appreciate thanksgiving or be in the mode of thanksgiving unless something happened in the past to you and now you want to give thanks for it. Thanksgiving is also relational, whether it’s your family, friend, co-worker, acquaintance, etc. 

You don’t just give thanks to a complete stranger or someone you have had no relationship with. It’s like walking up to someone and saying: I just want to say thank you!” The first response the person would give is: “Thank you for what?” If you said, I don’t know, I just wanted to stop you and tell you thank you! Either they would rush away from you, or yell Help! Help! because they think you’re a kook! 

But, if a stranger opens the door for you, gives you a donation while collecting money for a particular cause, or gives you a compliment, offers to pay for your grocery or a meal, even though you don’t know them, a relationship is formed by “acts of kindness.” But, when it comes to God, His requirements for thanksgiving is given in I Thessalonians 5:18: “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Psalm 136:1: “O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 95:2: “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, And make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.” 

Revelation 7:12 said: “saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.” Also, according to Strong’s definition, the Hebrew word for thanksgiving is “towdah” which means: confession, praise, and offering.” So, let me just give you a few songs of thanksgiving that we often sing to our God. Here are a few singers to help me! 

“With my hands lifted up, and my heart filled with praise, with a heart of thanksgiving I will bless Thee, O’ Lord …  Or “O, give thanks unto the Lord for He is good, for He is good…  Or “just want to thank you forever and ever and ever for all you’ve done for me… blessings and glory and honor, they all belong to you, thank you Jesus for blessing me…” Or “I thank you Jesus, I thank you Jesus, I thank you Jesus, I thank you Lord, you brought me, yes you brought me from a mighty, mighty long way,” etc. 

Ok! Thank you, guys, for helping me with those songs of thanksgiving to our God. (You will have to check me out online to hear the songs). With that being said, let’s engage in the real meaning of thanksgiving not only with family and food, but also let it be a time of thanksgiving to God for all the many blessings He has already given you in the past and now. 

Be kind to one another, forgive their wrongs, reflect on the things that God has blessed you with and be sure to fall on your knees and give thanks to God for being so good and so mindful of you. Have a Blessed Thankful Thanksgiving!

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