Being Thankful

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Colossians 3:15

It is unfortunate that many people do not appreciate the things they receive or give thanks. It seems that we live this life believing that everything that comes into our hands is part of the package and not an undeserved concession. Colossians 3:15 is one of several Bible verses that tell us to be thankful. Many of the things we have and use every day cost us money; but others, apparently we get them for free. However, be it one or the other, the word thanks should come out of our lips all the time.

In the many years that I have lived in the territory of the United States of America, the party that more caught my attention was Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving Day is a traditional celebration of the United States celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Generally in this celebration they gather around a table family and friends to share a banquet. Although religious in origin, today it is considered as a secular holiday.

Thanksgiving Day has its origins in a mix of European and Aboriginal traditions. In Europe, festivals were held before and after harvest cycles to thank for a good harvest, and to celebrate after the hard work with the rest of the community. The Native Americans also celebrated the end of the harvest. When Europeans arrived at what would be America for the first time, they carried their own traditions from their continent, celebrating the end of their journey, peace and good harvest.

In the United States, the modern tradition of Thanksgiving has its origins in 1621, at a celebration in Plymouth, in the present state of Massachusetts. The feast in 1621 was celebrated in thanksgiving for a good harvest. In later years, tradition continued with civilian leaders such as Governor William Bradford. Since at first the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 102 colonists, the natives of the Wampanoag tribe helped the pilgrims by giving them seeds and teaching them how to fish.

Thanksgiving was officially proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, to be celebrated on the last Thursday of November. In 1941, Thanksgiving was officially declared by the United States Congress on a public holiday, to be held on the fourth Thursday of November. That is why every year on Thanksgiving, Americans thank Almighty God for all His blessings and mercies throughout the year.

For many Latin Americans living in the United States, Thanksgiving is just an American party in which turkey is eaten. It is time for us to take the example of the true origin of this feast. Giving thanks to God for every blessing should be a way of life. Every day there is reason to thank our Heavenly Father, who supplies all of our needs. But not only that, just wake up every day, have health, a roof and a family, we must be prompted to pronounce when we wake up the word thank you! God bless you.

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