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.