Often people ask me how I choose my weekly topics. It’s pretty simple.
I do my best to try to keep up on world events (lots of reading) and then pray for and over people and issues. The intercession times usually lead to thoughts and themes I write down and commit to share. I usually have ten-to-fifteen different subjects percolating at a time.
Today’s topic is one I’ve been chewing on for awhile that became confirmed this week.
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American “holy day” that arose out of the deep faith of our spiritual ancestors–especially the Pilgrims–who came to these shores in November of 1620. Other nations celebrate it (like Canada to the north), and Israel enjoyed many holidays that were used to give gratitude to God.
But our American Thanksgiving is different. It came primarily from a community of New Testament believers who not only grasped the importance of thanking God in all things, but experienced a providential act they never forgot.