If there were ever a day to focus on the blessings in your life, today is the day! Though there are accounts of a thanksgiving celebrations in Jamestown as early as 1607, the Pilgrim’s are credited with the first official Thanksgiving celebration, joining together with their Native brothers to commemorate their first successful crop of the New World made possible by the assistance and instructions of the Natives in 1621. Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1863 and was instituted by Abraham Lincoln who stated a national holiday necessary for “Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens” on November 26th. It was moved to the 4th Thursday in November in 1941 for consistency.
I personally love Thanksgiving! I will champion the ‘day of giving thanks’ to all who will listen. Unfortunately, I see Thanksgiving dying rather quickly these days. As a society, I see the movement away from being thankful for the blessings and joys in our lives as we become a self focused and self centered people. Instead of being thankful for what is gifted to us, we expect and feel entitled to all good things, whether we have earned them or not. I would encourage you to consider the many good things in your life. There are wonderful blessings that occur every day in our lives! Won’t you take a moment to simply look around you to recognize the blessings you have going on right now?
This year, I am thankful for:
~ my family!! I have a husband whom I love very much and who is my perfect match! I have 5 children who keep me active and keep me humble as I parent myself in many ways 😉 I am also thankful for our time spent here in Germany!
~ my extended family. I have a mother and father who I love spending time with. I have sisters who have graduated from annoying little sibs to treasured friends. I have in-laws who I love and who have become my friends. I have brothers in law who are enjoyable to spend time with and a whole host of nieces and nephews who often bring a smile to my face.
~ for the job hubby has! There are challenges to living a military life, but many joys as well! There are new adventures to experience and new places to see! There are new people to meet and new friends to make. There are also friends to reconnect with. I love moving close to these treasures God has given to me.
~ my Savior. My sins are forgiven, my eternity is secure, my faith is a gift. I am grateful for a Savior who was willing to leave heaven to take upon Himself my transgressions and omissions to secure my pardon and bridge the broken road between God and myself.
What are you most thankful for this year?