Thanksgiving will be here soon. A time of food, family, food, fun and did I say food? But I wonder how close or how far away are we from using the day for giving thanks.

President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to be a federal holiday as a day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

So, we like the benefits of the holiday; the day or two off work, an excuse to overindulge, even if it is not on your Keto plan. I mean really, how many of us take into consideration not just who made the food on the plate in front of us, where the food came from, what farmer worked the soil or what manufacturing company processed and boxed it up. There would be many, many people to thank.

Maybe, if we looked around, we would see those that don’t have the same opportunity to enjoy food and family as we are. The ones that might not have access even to clean water or enough food to go around for the entire family without someone still being hungry. We can be thankful for what we do have.

We could think of the fact that we can still give thanks “to our beneficent Father” freely and in the open without fear of penalty. However great or messed up you may feel America is right now, we can still be thankful we live here with the freedom to disagree, have open conversations, and worship openly. Now we are back to where it started.

It is good to know what we are thankful for, but do we also think of to whom we are thankful. When you follow anything in our lives that is good, they will land in the same place.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:16-17 NIV

God, “our beneficent Father” is where the things for us to be thankful for came. Your hard work came as result of your good health to be able to work hard. God knows what we need and loves us so much He desires to bless us. We, in turn, should be grateful and give him thanks.

Thanksgiving lasts only for a day, but giving thanks, or thanks living should be an ongoing thing. In closing, which normally means nothing, there is a saying that bears repeating here: If only what you have tomorrow are what you gave thanks for today, what would you have?

Something to think about. I’m thankful you took the time to read this article. What are you thankful for?