Editor’s note: Thanks to Chris Cairo for this Thanksgiving reflection.
Recently I was traveling with customers who were from London England, and in discussing schedules the fact that Thanksgiving was coming up prompted the question from one of my English friends:
“Exactly what is Thanksgiving, and what are you giving thanks for?”
I started with a poor summary of the history of the pilgrims, but ended with the simple thought ‘we give thanks to God for all He has given us’.
I know my friend who asked the question is not a church-goer, as we have discussed religion before, and the English are not very religious. The conversation moved on, but I was glad to have had the opportunity to bring God into the conversation, even if just for a moment.
Psalm 95:1-2; “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”
It sure sounds like Thanksgiving should be joyful…and last longer than a moment.
Thursday, how will you give thanks to God? Will it be for a moment while someone says Grace before you eat? Or will it be all day? Everyday?
If you take the time to think about all you have been given, you will find you have much to be thankful for. Thanking God, is the least we can do.
Chris Cairo is a member of Easter Lutheran’s Vision Board.