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Each year we observe a national day of Thanksgiving. David wrote in Psalm 92:1, It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

But this week of thanks, that should be a spiritual time for our nation in general, and Christians in particular, will for many be a superficial time. Americans are beginning to forget the important origins of our national Thanksgiving holiday. Its spiritual significance is no longer taught in our nation’s public schools. In fact, most school children today are taught that Thanksgiving originated when the Pilgrims invited their Indian friends to dinner to thank them for providing sustenance after the Mayflower landed. As with much of modern American revisionist history, there really is much more to the story.

Christians have many reasons to be thankful. We can be thankful for the resurrection of the Christ and the free gift of salvation. The Apostle Paul wrote in II Corinthians 9:15, Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift, and in Ephesians 2:8, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: We can be thankful for fellowship, which is a partnership in shared interests as seen in Acts 2:42 among believers in the early church, And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. This thankfulness should be a constant in the life of the Christian, as we are reminded in I Thessalonians 5:18, In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Remember to be thankful.

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