When I was a child, a treasured family tradition at Thanksgiving and other holidays was to sing the “Doxology” as a family. We stood in a circle before eating our meal and lifted out voices:
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise him all people here below. Praise Him above you heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.”
We knew to WHOM we should give thanks.
Don’t forget the “whom” this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American “holy day” that arose out of the deep faith of our spiritual ancestors–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 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.
Secular Progressives are becoming increasingly irreverent in the United States.
Following the Las Vegas shooting, and more recently the Sutherland Springs massacre, some media elites and celebrities launched verbal tirades criticizing those who were praying for the victims. This was after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, President Trump and others asked the nation for thoughts and prayers.
Prayers were welcomed and cherished in America for hundreds of years. Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt led the American nation in prayer over the radio the night before the D-Day invasion two generations ago.
So why are SPs whining today that prayer isn’t enough?
This Thanksgiving Week, I’m deeply thankful to God that prayer is more than enough.