Giving thanks to God is part of the Christian life. It is a believer's response to the grace and mercy of God.
The founding fathers of our country took time to thank God for His abundant harvest, His provision for safety and their new-found religious freedoms that they were enjoying. As we experience the holiday of Thanksgiving once a year, I imagine the early pilgrims came together and thanked God often. As followers of Christ, we should continually come together and worship God with hearts filled with thanksgiving.
As Thanksgiving is upon us we tend to reflect on all the blessings God has bestowed upon us. We are grateful for our families, our health, our community and our nation....we are also thankful for our church family and the list goes on and on...as it should. But of all the things that we should be thankful for...Jesus has to top the list. You know God has blessed all of mankind and all of the earth, but His blessing of sending Jesus to be our sacrifice on the cross is the ultimate blessing and evidence of His love for us. With that said, if a person knows Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior then giving thanks should come easy.
During this Thanksgiving season, when we gather around the table and thank God for our family, our health, the weather etc..... we need to really get to the heart of thanksgiving and thank God for Jesus. Thanking God the Father for salvation through His Son Jesus Christ should be our thanksgiving prayer. If you have opportunity to be the one that prays before your families thanksgiving meal....don't forget to mention Jesus who gave His life for us all!