Thanksgiving was first celebrated by Christians who were thankful to God for preserving them through some very lean times until their first harvest. The holiday has endured and become part of the fabric of our nation.
However, in the nature of the case, it has also been transformed to something far different from what the founders envisioned. For many, football has become the center attraction. For others, a family get-together is the most important part of the holiday. For still others, it marks the beginning of the buying season leading up to Christmas.
While none of these accretions are bad in and of themselves, they tend to distract us from the original purpose of the holiday. It is important for families to get together and Thanksgiving is a good time for families to gather. It is enjoyable after a good dinner to watch some football (at least for some), and, for those who enjoy shopping, looking forward to the sales can be fun. I want to encourage you, in the midst of all the additions to the holiday, to take some time to really thank your creator for all the many blessings bestowed on you by God’s grace.
If you do that, you will be in tune with those who began the celebration so long ago.