November 24, 2005
Thankfulness must have an object; otherwise it is like speaking in an empty room. You only hear the sound of your own voice. As with most special days in which God used to be at the center, we are told to be thankful by the culture, but not to whom and for what. Oh, there is talk about being thankful to family and friends and possibly the country in which we live, but where is that thankfulness to be directed?
I like the little chorus “give thanks with a grateful heart; give thanks to the holy one; give thanks because of what jesus christ has done…for us.” Do you know it? Look up on google.com the rest of the lyrics. They are wonderful and help us focus our thankfulness.
Government school textbooks say the pilgrims were thankful to the Indians. No they weren’t. They were thankful to God as were the early settlers. We know this because of the writings of William Bradford of Massachusetts and the Plymouth plantation, but many of our schools and culture have forgotten our roots. Make sure you don’t. I’m thankful for you and your support of Values Through Media. Happy Thanksgiving!