I will not go into a historical account of Thanksgiving. I love American history but I am not great at it. And I would probably confuse you about "true origins" of Thanksgiving. You can figure out for yourself if Thanksgiving was a celebration by the pilgrims or the end of a gang war between the East Side and West Pilgrims.
On Thanksgiving, it is easy to be thankful for the material things in our lives. Food. Clothes. Turkey. Shelter. Family. Etc. But what if we viewed Thanksgiving differently than the way it has been packaged for centuries? We are often thankful for the things we see in our lives. But what about the unseen?
Thanksgiving is an appropriate time of the year to re-center our lives.
What if we focused on being thankful for being delivered from our past? What if we focused on being thankful that we were once spiritually dead but we are now alive? (if you are currently spiritually dead.....read some of my other blog posts or contact me and I will gladly help you!) Our focus needs to change at Thanksgiving because the real test is coming.....CHRISTMAS....and the marketing onslaught that comes with it.
Stuffing your soul at Thanksgiving...will prepare you for Christmas. You won't feel bad when you tell people "no" to being at every holiday function. "But this is a tradition". So what? Does this tradition bring life or predictability and obligation? Sounds soul sucking to me. "But we have always done this (insert activity) at Thanksgiving/Advent/Christmas". Again...so what?
Start creating space for God NOW. Don't wait another day. This is the perfect season. And know this.....creating space for God means spending more time with Him. In reading....prayer....writing....song.....in accountability. Accountability is when others put you in check when you need it. Accountability does not mean when someone agrees with everything you do and say. If that is so, you are receiving no authentic life-changing words from them. You are then a puppet.
While stuffing your faces and bellies tomorrow, ask God to show you where you need to stuff your soul.
And be thankful for true blessings that cannot be seen or measured.