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Please, it’s not “Turkey Day”
One of my favorite traditions is the family get-together for Thanksgiving Day.
I know some will tie it to ancient pagan rituals, but the history of this day in the USA at least, is not one tied to pagans. Not at all. It is a day when we remember how thankful the early Pilgrims to America were just to be alive, to have food, to have native America Indians show them how to plant corn and helped them survive in a new land. And they certainly did express and show their deep thankfulness to God in heaven.
And – in that vein – it’s a day when we, as individuals and as a country pause as one, together, and look up to the Almighty and thank him for the wondrous blessings he’s poured out on us and on our country.
I’m afraid much of the country no longer remembers to focus this day on thanking the great God we have above. Some don’t even call it “Thanksgiving Day” anymore. They take away from expressions of thankfulness by calling it “Turkey Day”. Many spend the day in shopping sprees. I do commend the stores that close on this day and let their employees have a day with family.
So my family keeps this day and this tradition. We often start by everyone around the table discussing something, even any little thing, for which they are thankful. Even the three year olds and young children participate. We don’t just start eating when the meal is ready. Absolutely not. We thank our Father and Creator for providing us with food and a good land and for all his many blessings – then we can eat.
I hope you’ll remember Thanksgiving this year is a day of Thanksgiving. Don’t just make it a day of watching football and forgetting its real purpose. Watch all the football you want – but first, praise and thank our dear Abba, YHVH the Great Almighty God we have.
And please – PEL-LEASE –PLEASE; don’t cheapen this beautiful tradition this year by just calling it “Turkey Day”. Please don’t. It’s so much richer and deeper in meaning than that. I think we are taking away from the expression of great gratitude to Almighty God when we call it “Turkey Day”.