“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV
The United Kingdom’s online news site Metro said this about the Thanksgiving holiday here in Canada: “Canadian Thanksgiving is closely linked to the harvest festival we are more familiar with in the UK. So, it makes sense for them to celebrate Thanksgiving in autumn – or in ‘the Fall’.The first national Thanksgiving in Canada was celebrated in the Province of Canada in 1859, although the Indigenous peoples of Canada had been celebrating the fall harvest long before that.”
Happy Thanksgiving! We live in a country where we are blessed with so much of what the world has to offer. If we were to sit down and make a list of all our blessings – not a bad idea, by the way – it would fill a ream of paper. If that is the case for all Canadians, it is even more so for those of us who are followers of Jesus. We enjoy all the blessings that come through Jesus’ death and resurrection – eternal life, forgiveness of sins, the presence of the Holy Spirit, the fellowship of believers. No wonder the Bible reminds us that we are to be people of thanksgiving. 1 Chronicles 16:34 says “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures for ever.” And here we are, some four millennia after these words were written, still giving thanks to the God who created the world, and us. One generation after another has discovered that God is good, and that His love truly does endure forever. So, we give thanks – not just on one day of the year, but every day, and continually. Take time today, and tomorrow, and the next day, to give thanks for the goodness of God.
These have been words from the heart.