As a young lad, I was always captivated by the early days in American history. After reading the books by author Zane Grey, I was so good in my high school American History class they kicked me out! Sent me to the library to write an essay. So I wrote one on glass blowing in the USA, got an A+ and didn’t have to go back to that class the rest of the year!

I read what was available back then on an event that became known as Thanksgiving Day. But the more I got into history, I discovered that the whole story had not been told. Then one day I heard on the radio one of the enlightening recollections of the true story of Thanksgiving. It was given by radio host Rush Limbaugh. It is somewhat lengthy to reproduce here, but you can either read or listen to it at the following hyperlink:


The point that jumps out at me each year on Thanksgiving Day is how so many people only gather as families to give thanks on one day of the year when it should be every day of the year. I like the way Paul explained it to the Thessalonians: “When is all this going to happen? I really don’t need to say anything about that, dear brothers and sisters, for you know perfectly well that no one knows. That day of the Lord will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. When people are saying, ‘All is well; everything is quiet and peaceful’—then, all of a sudden, disaster will fall upon them as suddenly as a woman’s birth pains begin when her child is born. And these people will not be able to get away anywhere—there will be no place to hide…So dear brothers and sisters, warn those who are lazy, comfort those who are frightened, take tender care of those who are weak, and be patient with everyone. See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to everyone else. Always be joyful. Always keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.1

In other words, by being thankful at the start of each day, thankful during the day, and thankful at the end of the day. So when your life comes to an end or the end of this dispensation of grace with the coming of the Lord, it will not leave you disappointed that you didn’t take time to give God thanks for saving you, keeping you, protecting you, and coming back to get you. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

1 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3; 14-18

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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