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Series: Luis Palau | Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving

This week in America, people of all faiths will take part in Thanksgiving traditions. On “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” Luis goes beyond the one-day celebration of Thanksgiving into what the Bible says about being thankful. 

The History of Thanksgiving Tuesday, November 24, 2020

You probably heard the history of American Thanksgiving in elementary school. In 1621, the Pilgrims gave thanks for their first harvest in America. They invited 90 Native Americans to join them for a big feast. But historians say that settlers of the New World, even before the Puritan Pilgrims, held days of Thanksgiving. They often celebrated the arrival of supply ships, good crops, or safe passages of new colonists. The community would stop all of their work and join together to eat and be thankful to God for survival.

Thanksgiving Day should be a reminder to us that we ought to be thankful more than one time a year. First Timothy 4 in the Bible says that “everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” Thanksgiving day is a good time to be thankful for the blessings God has given us, but why stop there? We should have many thanksgiving celebrations throughout the year. Any time God blesses us is cause for celebration. So, the next time you recognize a big or small blessing, stop everything and invite your friends over for dinner. Especially invite your friends who do not yet know Jesus. They can see what true thankfulness is like, and they will want to join in on the celebration of what God is doing.

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The Event of Thanksgiving Monday, November 23, 2020

In America, on the fourth Thursday in November, we celebrate Thanksgiving. Other countries have similar holidays. Canada has Thanksgiving in October, and Germany celebrates a Harvest Thanksgiving Festival. Japan also has a Thanksgiving celebration. In America, many families spend the day cooking together before having a big meal. Traditionally, a big turkey is made, with stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Pie is popular for dessert, especially pumpkin pie with whipped cream. After such a delicious meal, families take the evening to rest and relax. It is a day for giving thanks.

Not everyone has the day off, and not everyone is able to spend time with family. In those cases, I’ve heard of people inviting single people, or older people, or those without families to join in their Thanksgiving feasts. The Bible charges us to take care of those who are alone, whether they are orphans, widows, a local college student, or your next door neighbor.

Be thinking of whom you can invite to join your Thanksgiving feast. Who needs to know the love of Jesus? By your hospitality, you can share how thankful you are for Christ’s mercy and grace. You can invite others into the family of Christ. That would be cause for thanksgiving!

This is Luis Palau.

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All God's Blessings

All God's Blessings

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