Originally written in Nov 2009.
As I open various social networks, I come across a plethora of “Happy Thanksgiving!” messages. I understand that many people celebrate this day as something special (most just want a really heavy meal, but I’m not here to judge).
But then I wonder, “What will everyone do tomorrow?”
To be truly thankful, we must give thanks daily, continuously.
I woke up this morning and greeted my son (who’s visiting from Pittsburgh). He was already up and at his PSP.
“Did you thank God this morning?” I asked him.
“No, not this morning. But I said my prayer before I went to sleep last night,” which I guess was his own way of patting himself on the back.
“So you didn’t thank Him for allowing you to wake up this morning?”
“Uh…” he muttered.
I replied, “When you said your prayer last night it should have been to thank Him for getting you through the day. This morning is another matter. You woke up.
“How would you feel if you gave someone something special all day long and they only said ‘thanks’ once?”
His response: “Okay, I see your point.”
I don’t know if he followed that statement with an actual ‘thanks to God,’ but it makes me think about all the Thanksgiving salutations.
Certainly, giving thanks is always a good idea. But whether you’re thankful for life in general, grandchildren, family, adequate transportation, food or the air we breathe – the true meaning of “thanksgiving” should not be limited to one day a year that’s posted on a calendar.
Every day should be a day of thanksgiving.