A Thanksgiving Message

The American holiday known as Thanksgiving began as a harvest festival, with the pilgrims and the Native Americans thanking God for providing adequate food to survive the coming winter. Of course, Thanksgiving has roots in traditions much older than that. When the Israelites entered the Promised Land, they celebrated a harvest festival known as the Festival of Tabernacles by rejoicing in the many blessings of God’s provision. Thirteen centuries later, the Apostle Paul wrote this instruction to the Church at Ephesus: “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays--maybe because the message is so very simple and straightforward. Thanksgiving is the calendar’s way of reminding us to do what we should be doing every day—expressing gratitude for all our blessings with hearts overflowing with joy. Joyous thanksgiving to God is best expressed through generosity toward our neighbors. We can be a blessing to the less fortunate, to someone who’s all alone, to someone who’s struggling and needs a helping hand. And in doing so, we find that we are blessed with meaning and purpose for our own lives.

Here at Fellowship House of South Camden, we are grateful for our many volunteers, donors and prayer partners who make it possible for us to share the love of Christ with our needy neighbors. We are grateful for the privilege of witnessing the Lord’s working in the hearts of children and adults who will never be the same again because they’ve given their lives to Jesus.

We hope you and all your loved ones enjoy a joyous and grateful Thanksgiving!

Doug WagnerComment