It’s hard to find a Thanksgiving photo that doesn’t include a turkey, pilgrims, pumpkins, cranberries, gourds, or colorful falling leaves. They don’t satisfy me. They are not Thanksgiving.
Sure I love the traditional meal, in fact we’ll have a stuffing dish I’ve dreamed about all week and I love pumpkin anything . . . but they’re not Thanksgiving.
Having your family around the table is a blessing . . . but that’s not Thanksgiving. (Not their presence anyway.)
It’s not Pilgrims although the holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated in 1621.
Thanksgiving is the expression of gratitude.
It’s praising God for who He is . . . thanking Him.
Thank Him for Jesus.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
Thank Him for hope.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Thank Him for His mercy and grace.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:15
Thank Him for faith.
Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7
Thank Him for His provision and care.
And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:8
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7
Thank Him for family and friends.
We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 1 Thessalonians 1:2
The Best Way to Celebrate Thanksgiving
Worship, praise, and thank God for His countless blessings.
Tell the people in your life you are thankful for them.
Appreciate what you have and care for it. Stop whining and worrying. Stop comparing and coveting.
Live with gratitude. Share your blessings.
Surrender yourself to Him—trust His plans and purposes.