Thanksgiving is our only holiday not set by an historical event but by a character trait.
Pilgrims were grateful for survival, a good harvest, for hope and a new, unoppressive land. They were wise enough to give thanks not just to each other or to an earthly power, but to God.
Our prayers wisely claim that God is “the giver of every good and perfect gift.” So we are humble and grateful for our lives and relationships, our homes and nation, and supremely for our good God who shows us the path of “the good life” in the life and character of Jesus.
This Thanksgiving holiday may we each give thanks with a grateful heart.
~ Pastor Paul Watermulder