To whom then shall we give thanks and for what?
Author: Michael Dewar
Executive Director/Dwelling Place Cleansing
It is self-evident that “thanksgiving” is a combination of two verbs (the act of “thanks” and the act of “giving”) to form the noun, Thanksgiving (Day). A national day of thanksgiving is a good thing! But to whom do we give thanks? Do we go outside a hug the trees? Or, do we sit in silence on the banks of our favorite river?
For me the question is easy to answer, because I am a firm believer in the transcendent. King David, the second king over ancient Israel and the writer of most of the psalms had the habit of saying, “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good” (Psalm 107:1). Like David, I make the Lord the person to whom my first act of thanks is directed. Perhaps, some of you will make him the first of your thanksgiving as well.
Throughout this year, out of the clear blue, certain people have gone beyond the call of duty to render unbelievable acts of kindness to me. They are the second target or recipients of my giving of thanks this thanksgiving.
The third people group in the cross-hairs of my thanksgiving are my Facebook friends and my blog site readers. These two groups overlap because several FB friends are also blog site readers. I want to shout, a happy and blessed thanksgiving to all of you! I read your serious stuff and your funny stuff as well. Of course, I don’t always respond to everything I read. I try to make my articles informative and at times funny, I hope you enjoy them.
My fourth and final thanksgiving target group is my family. They have seen me at my best and at my worst throughout this year, so this is a good time to express my gratitude.
But for what do you give thanks?
I hardly believe there is one living person out there that cannot find anything to be thankful for. But just in case there is one, let me help you out a little bit a few starter:
Give thanks for the gift of life.
Give thanks for a reasonable portion of health.
Give thanks for family and friends
Give thanks for the ability to earn your keep.
A happy and blessed Thanksgiving everybody!