Today is Thanksgiving, a day when Americans will gather together for a traditional feast with family and friends and enjoy fellowship, probably a few football games, and look forward to the upcoming holiday season which, for many, begins with this day. It is a time to remember our good fortune, the beginnings of a great and thankful nation, and to contemplate the primary role that God plays in our lives.
Unfortunately, as America becomes more and more secularized and less centered on God, many will forget that it is a day to thank our Father for the many blessings that He has given us. A large portion of that group will not even acknowledge His part in our heritage at all. What a sad state of affairs for a land that was founded under God. The Godless just see it as a day to feast (for what they do not know), watch football and enter into the pandemonium of Christmas shopping, ironic since so many don't acknowledge the Christ Child either.
Despite this discouraging situation, I hope that all God fearing Americans will put God at the center of all of our celebrations including the good times and good food and drink that we partake of today and truly thank Him for our many blessings. And help us to rededicate ourselves to the foundation upon which this great land was built and renew her spirit of freedom, individualism, and our many God-given rights.
Dear Lord: We thank you for all of the bounty that you have so graciously provided and we want to rededicate ourselves to you this day. America has truly been blessed by you over her lifetime and we fear that many have lost the Spirit and no longer seek your guiding hand. Help us to use this day to remind us of of your glory and love and to seek a renewal of your Spirit and love in all that we do. And we also pray that same Spirit becomes infectious in those who scorn or refuse to acknowledge you, waking them to the wonders and glory that life in you brings. Help us to truly enjoy this day with you at center stage and then take us safely back home or wherever our travels must take us, to prepare for the greatest celebration that will be coming soon, the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We ask this prayer in Jesus' name, Amen.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and then remember to go forward with God at your side. God bless you all and God bless America.