One of the most beautiful Psalms of thanksgiving is the 100th Psalm. “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God.
“It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
We are a nation of people that God truly has blessed. We should be at the top of those who “give thanks to him and praise his name.”
If we were to begin a thanksgiving list, my list would include — life, health, family, friends and our nation, despite its flaws.
But more than that, I’m thankful for my salvation, our church family and God’s mercy and love. With Jesus we have so much to celebrate on Thanksgiving.
But has it ever occurred to you that no Americans were more underprivileged than that group from the Mayflower who started the custom of setting aside a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God?
They had no homes and no government agency to help them build homes. They had no means of transportation but their legs.
Their only food came from the sea or the forest, and they had to get it for themselves. They had no amusements except what they made, no means of communication with their relatives in England, no social security or Medicare.
But anyone who dared called them underprivileged would probably have ended up in the stocks because they had four of the greatest human assets: initiative, courage, willingness to work and a boundless faith in God.
Our forefathers had “a boundless faith in God.”
That sounds strange today in a time when powerful forces are working in our nation to strip us of every reminder that the very foundation of our nation was built upon the conviction that we are …
“One nation, under God.”
This Thanksgiving let’s make sure we stay that way.
— Dan Eller is pastor at Heartland Nazarene Church.
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