Thursday, November 24, 2016

One Day Is Not Enough

Over the past few weeks, I have been amazed to watch the stores pull their Halloween stuff off the shelves and replace them with Christmas trees, decorations, gifts, etc. It happens so fast. But in truth, it makes me sad. What happened to Thanksgiving? It does occur between Halloween and Christmas, right?

Great leaders of the past took the initiative to set aside a day to give thanks. One day, that's it! But it appears now that even that one day is overlooked. Judging by the stores, it's not even a holiday. In fact, the only stores who seem to acknowledge Thanksgiving are the grocery stores so that they can make more money off Thanksgiving dinners. What has happened in our country? When did we become so ungrateful?

Even Wikipedia has noticed the change. Look at this excerpt: "Thanksgiving was a holiday to express thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciation to God, family and friends for which all have been blessed of material possessions and relationships. Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. This holiday has since moved away from its religious roots."

We have so much to be thankful for, and as far as I'm concerned, every day should be Thanksgiving. But, let's be careful. Let us not become so worked up by the commercialism of the holidays that we forget the reason for them. Are you thankful for something today? Have you told the Lord about it? Don't you think He would like to know? This holiday season, let's not take the "thanks" out of Thanksgiving.
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