Today our nation celebrates Thanksgiving. We pause to thank God for His kindness to us. This country has given thanks to God for centuries. In 1621, the Pilgrims gave thanks and celebrated for a good harvest. November 1789, President George Washington announced a nationwide Thanksgiving. President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, proclaimed Thanksgiving for a nation embattled in war. But it was not until 1941 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law designating the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving, a national holiday. Although declared and celebrated by different people at different times, the common thread was acknowledging and thanking Almighty God for his favor, benefits and providential nature.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1
My folks gather today with hearts of gratitude for our family, food and fellowship. With four generations from eighty four years to eight months old, we will reminisce about bygone years and relatives. Being appreciative for those here with us, we none the less reflect on those who have crossed over into their eternity. Although physically absent, their essence remains very present.
Our traditional dinner of Tom the Turkey with all the fixings are laid out in abundance and my famous strawberry lemonade is the bomb.com. We eat until we are filled and take plates home for later. Around the table, we tell stories about the good, the bad, the ugly and the pictures on the wall of fame and shame. We laugh and savor the relationships and bonds that families share and settle in for a new day with new memories.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 1 Chronicles 16:34
For the believer, every day is a day of thanksgiving. We give thanks to God, our Father, Jesus, His Son and our elder brother. He came down through forty two generations to become the bread of life and provide water that we will never thirst again. We praise God for Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Guide. We give thanks for our current lives as believers and our eternal life with the Father that was sealed at Calvary. When this earthly life is finished, we will sit at the welcome table with all the saints of the ages. It will be a great celebration to see my people: Daddy, Debra, Gregory, my Man of God-Pastor Robert Jones, I, and Melvin again. But my grateful quotient goes through the roof just thinking about seeing Father God and His Son, my Savior. We will see Him as He is and worship the Father in all His splendor, world without end.
As you fellowship with your family today, remember to always receive and bless your food with thanksgiving. And as a good ole friend John Towns would always say; Good bread, good meat, good God, let’s eat.
From my house to your house, have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Harriet Noel Jones