Now thank we all our God With hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous thing has done, In whom his world rejoices,
Who from our mother’s arms Has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love And still is ours today.  CW 610 v. 1

Chances are, many of us memorized this hymn at a young age, either in Sunday or Christian Day School. When we attended Thanksgiving Day services, we could loudly sing along with the congregation. After church, the family gathered for the big Thanksgiving dinner. The family was all together: grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, and children. As we sat down at the dinner table, before the turkey was carved, and the food was passed, we bowed our heads in prayer. Perhaps it was the common table prayer, maybe you went around the table to say what you were thankful for, but everyone gave thanks for the blessings the Lord had bestowed upon them.

Can that be said today? With commercialism, political correctness, and blended families, “giving thanks” is no longer the focus on Thanksgiving Day. The family now gathers to eat, and watch football. Even shopping is now an option. How sad.

Can we change the focus back to the “good old days”? Probably not. We can strive to keep the Christian traditions alive in our own family. We can pass these traditions along to our children and grandchildren whenever possible.

We don’t have to wait until the last Thursday in November to thank God for the countless blessings He bestows upon us. Every day is Thanksgiving for those who believe in Jesus Christ, their Savior.

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving