The first thought that generally comes to mind when people think about Thanksgiving is turkey. What would Thanksgiving be if there were no feast? How would we celebrate Thanksgiving without turkey, cranberry sauce, or any kind of food?
First, to be thankful there has to be someone to thank. Concerning Thanksgiving as a national holiday and an expression of thankfulness, the most natural place to start is with God. In Scripture, it is written in Romans 11:36, “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” Even though we go through hard times and situations that have no answers, we look to God for our help. If we reflect on our lives, we have to conclude we have many blessings, and God is worthy of our praise.
Next, if we consider everything around us, we will also have to conclude that what we have and are able to do are largely connected to the work and effort of others. This is why it is so important to encourage people. Saying “Thank you” can go a long way. I remember doing an event years ago for over a thousand people. A lot of work and help were necessary to break everything down after the event. As we finished and most people were gone, I ran out to one of the helpers as he was getting in his car. I told him how valuable he and his help were. He began to weep. For so long he felt like no one appreciated him, and my small gesture touched his heart.
Of course, all of this is not to suggest that we celebrate Thanksgiving without food; we will be serving a lot of food to those in need during Thanksgiving. My intent is to encourage everyone in making sure food does not get in the way of why we celebrate. The Mission is truly thankful for those who give to this ministry and those who volunteer throughout the year. Count your blessings, praise God, and let someone know how much you appreciate them. Happy Thanksgiving!