Putting the Thanks in Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2005 by Jeff | Dump Core

Thanksgiving is truly an American holiday, created here in the United States and celebrated only here and in Canada. But the concept of thanksgiving is an old one, and one that should never be forgotten. The secular world has done much to rob many Christian holidays of their true meaning (Christmas and Easter specifically), but it’s hard to completely remove the meaning of a holiday that at its core is about giving thanks to one’s Creator. Sure, most folks only think about football, parades, or gorging themselves on turkey, and the commercial sector looks at the holiday as a minor speed bump on the high-speed expressway to Christmas shopping, but at its heart Thanksgiving is about giving thanks. Such a novel concept. Maybe they should name the holiday after that or something.

Here’s a few selected verses that come to mind:

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make know among the nations what he has done — 1 Chronicles 16:8 (NIV)

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. — Psalm 95:2 (NIV)

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations — Psalm 100:4-5 (NIV)

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. — 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everyone the fragrance of the knowledge of him. — 2 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV)

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! — 2 Corinthians 9:15 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. — Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. — 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe…. — Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)

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