1. Thanksgiving means that attention is directed toward God, who is the benevolent Giver of all good things. “All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change” Jas 1.17 NET.

  2. It means I acknowledge that I am blessed profusely, and that with great blessing comes great responsibility. “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked” Lk 12.48b.

  3. It means a powerful swell of positive emotion when thinking back about how God has guided my life. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” Rom 8.28 NLT.

  4. Thanksgiving Day means love for family, even though we are continents apart, with gratitude for the faithfulness of our children to the Way. “I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living according to the truth” 3 Jn 4.

  5. It means a focus on what is truly and eternally important in life. “But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well” Mt 6.33 CEV. “Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]” Col 3.2 AMP.

  6. It means the enjoyment of simple things like food and drink and bed and home, “that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creation of God is good and no food is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. For it is sanctified by God’s word and by prayer” 1 Tim 4.3-5.

  7. Thanksgiving Day means a national heritage that recognizes the Creator as the basis of a just nation. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” Pro 14.34.

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