You have heard me say many times how much I love Thanksgiving … not because family, food, friends, but because of the attitude the act of giving thanks brings! When our outlook changes to giving thanks instead of grumbling, WE CHANGE! We are so blessed and have so much to be thankful for, yet too often we choose to focus on the negative, the bad, the gloomy. We complain about politics instead of being grateful that we live in this great Republic! We complain about our health instead of being grateful for our breath and life. We complain about family and friends, our job, other drivers, etc., instead of seeing the positive in each and every situation. Tomorrow, as we gather around our tables, remember to give thanks, even if you have to look for things for which to be thankful!
Psa 100:1-5 ERV A song of thanks. Earth, sing to the LORD! (2) Be happy as you serve the LORD! Come before him with happy songs! (3) Know that the LORD is God. He made us, and we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep he takes care of. (4) Come through the gates to his Temple giving thanks to him. Enter his courtyards with songs of praise. Honor him and bless his name. (5) The LORD is good! There is no end to his faithful love. We can trust him forever and ever!
Psa 100:1-5 MSG A thanksgiving psalm. On your feet now—applaud GOD! (2) Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. (3) Know this: GOD is God, and God, GOD. He made us; we didn't make him. We're his people, his well-tended sheep. (4) Enter with the password: "Thank you!" Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him. (5) For GOD is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever.
Psa 100:1-5 NIV A psalm. For giving grateful praise. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. (2) Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (3) Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. (4) Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. (5) For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
You can view this video for a brief history of Thanksgiving and how it became a national holiday.
By: Pastor Art Speck