The celebration of Thanksgiving should remind us once again of the tremendous sacrifices made by those who left their homeland to come to a new land and establish the nation that we love. Our founding settlers sacrificed all, that they might have the blessings of liberty, life and happiness.   Indeed, this would be a unique nation, founded on the principles of God’s Word.  God’s Divine institution of freedom was paramount in their thinking.  This would be a nation that would defend and protect the freedom of others and encourage freedom in places where tyranny thrived.  This would be a nation used by God to carry the gospel to peoples throughout this world.  All these aspirations became a reality.  Such a people, such a nation as ours, have much for which we are to be thankful to God: thankful for His providence, His protection, His provision, His sustaining grace. This is not a time for ease, of taking for granted the blessings of life and liberty. The cost of maintaining freedom is great -- the lives of our men and women.  The early settlers persevered in spite of unbelievable hardships.  Succeeding generations have sacrificed to insure these freedoms.  We continue to enjoy the blessings of God’s bounty and grace even today.  So once again, at this season, we can give thanks for God’s provision in our lives, particularly, His provision of the Savior.  The Apostle Paul spoke … “thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” (2 Cor 9:15).  Then there is His provision for our daily needs, as spoken of by the psalmist … “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting” (Ps 107:1); for His provision of liberty.  We, like the Christians in Ephesus, are admonished that our attitude should be one of … “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph 5:20). However, it is not surprising that with the continued assault by evil that is overtaking our society that the observance of Thanksgiving as a declaration of our gratitude to a gracious Heavenly Father is all but being lost in the secular commercialization of that which is devoid of any semblance of God. Note that the obvious omission of Thanksgiving in display windows and store merchandise give evidence that this special day to acknowledge our gratitude to a God whose love and grace is abundant really has little or no value to the merchants of this world.  The writer of Hebrews admonishes us … “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.  And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Heb 13:15-16).  The Apostle John closes out the Scriptures attesting to the fact that throughout all eternity thanksgiving with be given to the Christ who offered Himself a sacrifice for the sins of the world so that whoever chooses to place their faith in Him will have eternal life.   “And the seventh angel sounded; and there arose loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever." And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, "We give Thee thanks , O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and who wast, because Thou hast taken Thy great power and hast begun to reign” (Rev 11:15-17).

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