It would be possible for a tourist visiting America for the first time in late November to look for the true significance and meaning of our Thanksgiving holiday without success. Like the national Feasts of the Old Testament era, our Thanksgiving celebrations have become more about feast and family than humble acknowledgement of a beneficent God who has providentially preserved and governed us with abundant grace and goodness. The seventeenth-century historical event that ultimately led to Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation has become disconnected, intellectually and spiritually, from our modern celebrations. What happened with the Pilgrims and Native American Indians in November of 1621 is no longer the preeminent foundation for the festivities that will take place in thousands of homes across our land this coming Thursday. However, this does not have to be true of us.
By remembering the Mayflower, those who participated in the first Thanksgiving, Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, and the clear teaching of God’s Word, let us seek to repair our own broken foundations and have our hearts stirred to remember and give thanks to the only living and true God. It is a wonderful privilege and honor to bow in adoration and humble thanksgiving before the sovereign Lord of heaven and earth, the Giver of every good and perfect gift, and to acknowledge Him as the Source of all of our blessings.