Who are you thanking?

I read a letter to the Herald the other day that really made me think about this Thanksgiving Holiday that we are today celebrating. The author was trying to promote an anti-Black Friday message, but for me the Thanksgiving message came through loud and clear.

A little-known holiday that is growing in popularity is Buy Nothing Day, which, in America, is celebrated on the busiest shopping day of the year — Black Friday. This is a day to pause and reflect that relationships, not things, bring us true happiness.

We would like to invite everyone to celebrate Buy Nothing Day with us by enjoying the day after Thanksgiving with family, friends, loved ones, and the planet in peace, gratitude and appreciation for all that we have.

We should have a day to “reflect that relationships, not things, bring us true happiness”. We should have time set aside for “enjoying the day… with family, friends, loved ones, and the planet in peace, gratitude and appreciation for all that we have.” And we do. It is today, Thanksgiving Day. Now I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be thankful ever day, but this is a special day commemorating how early settlers of this nation thanked God for seeing them through a very tough time.

Do you find it curious, as I do, that during this holiday celebrating thanks, so many neglect to direct their thankfulness toward the source of the blessing. Dean Kahn posed this question in his Join the Conversation piece online.

What are you thankful for? Thanksgiving can be a day to reflect.

Besides eating turkey and being with family, Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day to give thanks. So share your thoughts … what are you thankful for?

He did ask what we are thankful for, but in my opinion left out a very important portion of the question. Who are you thanking?

Who are you thanking when you say you are thankful for your health? Who are you thanking when you say you are thankful for your family? Who are you thanking for the sunny day, the stormy day or the friend who stopped by? Our society is losing our connection to God because we are not willing to say his name. If I don’t clearly thank God for the sunny day, how will my kids know that the sunny day is from God and how will they grow up giving thanks to God for all his blessings? I know that I need to work on this, so I’ll start with my short list for today.

  • I’m thankful for my life that God has given me.
  • I’m thankful for my wife that God has given me.
  • I’m thankful for my son that God has given me.
  • I’m thankful for my other son that God has given me.
  • I’m thankful for the world that God gave us.
  • I’m thankful for this nation that God gave us.
  • And, yes I’m thankful to God for the sunny day that is breaking.

Our nation will end in ruin if we just throw our thanks to the wind. Thank God for your blessings and our blessings.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

11/23/07 – I read the answers to Dean Kahn’s question regarding what we are thankful for. There were 51 responses. Of those only 6 people had any mention of God. Of those 6, only 2 people mentioned God with reverence and thankfulness. So I also thank God for those 2 people.

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7 Comments.

  1. Thank you, Wally, for being a breath of fresh air in the enclave of Washington State!

  2. That thread deteriorated rapidly.
    Of the sincere ones who didn’t mention God, I presumed that it was inferred from a couple, but your point is right on the mark. I think many folks have forgotten who they are thanking.
    Hope you and your family had a Blessed Thanksgiving.
    I had a comment from gk (the real one) who added yet another dimension that I momentarily lapsed and took for granted.

  3. Yes, gk does have a lot of the right things going for him as evidenced in his comment.

  4. I thank God that Fascist Republicans haven’t yet completely destroyed the entire world in the name of a God they claim to understand.

  5. Hi Evan, What is your assesment of the references that I found about General Giap, NVA?
    Also, not sure where I claimed to undrstand God. Heck, I’m not sure I understand 50% of the human species, and sure that I don’t understand the other 50%, but thery’re sure purty!

  6. I thank God that Fascist Republicans haven’t yet completely destroyed the entire world in the name of a God they claim to understand.

    Serious? You thanked God for that? Did you thank him that the Martians haven’t destroyed the entire world yet either?

    I’m a Republican, who knows at least a few other Republicans around here, yet have never met any fascist Republicans let alone fascist Republicans who are trying to destroy the world in the name of God. I don’t think I’ve met a Martian either. Or a fascist Martian.

  7. Of course Fascist Republicans wouldn’t CLAIM they are trying to destroy the world. They probably think they are doing the right thing.

    But they are destroying the world. They destroyed Iraq. They bankrupted the treasury. They are destroying the armed forces. They stop-loss soldiers. They kill directly and indirectly one in every six Iraqis.

    I don’t believe in Martians, but I do believe in the unconscious evil of blind obedience to a President who breaks the laws of his country and murders and tortures.