Thanksgiving 2022 by Robin Densmore Fuson
What comes to mind when you hear the word
Thanksgiving? The holiday? A turkey with all the fixings? A heartfelt response?
As children, in school, we are taught when and where
the first Thanksgiving came about—a feast with people groups in Plymouth, Massachusetts
in 1621. In 1941, President Roosevelt signed a bill that the fourth Thursday in
November would become Thanksgiving Day. Back in November 1789, President George
Washington called for a day ‘for public thanksgiving and prayer.’ In 1868,
President Lincoln encouraged Americans to reserve the last Thursday of November
In 1870 Congress passed legislation for Thanksgiving,
Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Independence Day to be national holidays.
Each President could set the date for Thanksgiving and until Roosevelt changed
it, it was typically held on the last Thursday of the month. Roosevelt moved it
up to give more time for shopping for Christmas.
I used to find aisles of decorations for Thanksgiving.
Over the years, the proportion of fall and Thanksgiving décor has dwindled. Why
do you think that is? I see aisles upon aisles with Halloween stuff. Christmas
things come out simultaneously with Halloween.
Money runs the space. They make millions from costumes
and Christmas items but Thanksgiving doesn’t generate much revenue except for
Traditions are losing ground. I think there is a
Sure, people want the day off and some companies give
Friday off as well. So the holiday remains. People shop on Friday and Monday
after the event on the third Thursday of the month. Some families and
individuals go out or cater the meal.
I wonder how many people take the time to say thanks.
The special day began with giving thanks to God for a great crop. Each year
people set-aside time to thank the Lord for the blessings received throughout
the year. It was meant to be a time of reflection and prayer. Openly people
gathered in the town square expressing thanks and prayer.
People seem to have lost the art of proclaiming thanks
to their creator, sustainer, and benefactor of life. Is Thanksgiving just a day
off? A day to relax? Do they gobble down the food or grab a plate and tune into
I love to hear of families still sitting down together
for a large meal but first thanking the good Lord for the blessings He bestows.
Our family prays before the meal and when things are winding down, we take
turns going around the table, telling what we are thankful for. It’s sweet when
a three-year-old says they are thankful for a toy, pie, or whatever makes them
happy at that moment. As they mature, the thanks focus on important people, events,
Those times around the table or in the gathering room are
precious and bonding.
Thanksgiving. A time of heartfelt thanks to the Father
who loves us more than we can imagine. The Father who loved us so much, He sent
His only son to die for me, for you, for all mankind.
So this Thanksgiving, take a few moments and thank
Him. Teach that to the children. Let’s keep the tradition going. Shouldn’t we
do that every day?
Maybe we should start a personal tradition of making a
list of the things we are thankful for.
Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing
psalms of praise to him. (Psalm 95:2 nlt)