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A Thankful Heart

By Paul

As we reflect this time of year may "Thanksgiving" truly come from our hearts and lives.

The Bible is very clear when it comes to the word "Thanksgiving". In Psalm 100:4-5 it states Verse 4: "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." Verse 5: "For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations." The word "Thanksgiving" in the Hebrew Language is defined this way:

1. Giving praise to God.

2. Allowing thanksgiving to come in songs of worship, a hymn or praise.

3. Thanksgiving can come from a choir, a procession, a line or a company.

4. A thank-offering, sacrifice of thanksgiving.

Today in our American homes, the "Thanksgiving Celebration" has lost much of its original "Godly meaning". We tend to center more on cooking, sharing a bountiful meal and football games with family and friends.

Therefore, may we do something a little different this year and give praise back to God with a song, a hymn or a Scripture verse before our meals. Let thanksgiving return back to its original purpose like the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621.

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