Let us come into [God’s] presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to [God] with songs of praise! (Psalms 95:2)
I have heard laments from those who feel that Thanksgiving is the holiday that is consistently overlooked.
It is jammed in between Halloween and Christmas. The candy wrappers have barely been dumped in the trash before we begin to hear how many shopping days we have until Christmas. And we know that some stores begin the Christmas decorations and sales well before Halloween.
Poor Thanksgiving is barely observed because Black Friday sales steal its thunder.
Thanksgiving could be the holiday God’s children claim as their own. Be thankful. Be grateful. Be grace-filled. It is wonderful time to thank God for all our blessings.
Why should we wait until the fourth Thursday in November for thanksgiving? We can do it every day, in our hearts, in our lives, in our actions.
This message is excerpted from “Thanksgiving: the lost holiday” by Karen Olsen from the November 24, 2016, blog of Women of the ELCA. Today we commemorate Clement, Bishop of Rome, c. 100 and Miguel Agustin Pro, martyr, 1927.
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