Prepare yourself! Today you are going to hear it: "It's 'Turkey Day!'" You will hear "Turkey Day" during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. You will hear "Turkey Day" while watching the annual NFL Thanksgiving matchups. You probably will hear "Turkey Day" among family and friends. At times it seems we are more quick to acknowledge turkey than acknowledge God.
It makes one wonder who the real turkeys are.
In an earlier day Pilgrims gave thanks to God. After them, George Washington pointed our hearts toward heaven. Here’s a portion of what the father of our country had to say:
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country . . . .”
God’s people have always recognized our Heavenly Father as the source of our blessings:
Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100 NLT
Today, join the Pilgrims, George Washington, and the Psalmist. Give credit where credit is due! Pause and pray. Thank God, that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.