Pray, Praise and give THANKS
We all know of the story of the Pilgrims and the native Indians of the east coast getting together for a three day feast/festival. This was to give thanks to the heavenly Father for their great bounty in their fall harvest. This tradition became an official Federal holiday in 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26. President Lincoln knew that Americans badly needed God’s help and even in a time of terrible war, he wanted the people to pause and express their gratitude for all the divine intervention and blessings that made their lives better.
Since we just celebrated the 500th year of Reformation let’s look at what Martin Luther said. Luther in his explanation of the second commandment, after explaining how not to use the Lord’s name, tells us to “call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise and give thanks.” And then again in the first article he concludes his explanation with “For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey him” (our Father in heaven). This is only two places of many that Luther lets us know that we should give thanks to our Father for all he has given us.
St. Paul knew how engaged our Lord is in the lives of each believer. He urges us to pause, notice, understand his cause and effect, and make a joyful noise of thanksgiving: “Be joyful always: pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) and then again St Paul writes in (1 Timothy 2:1-6) “that thanksgiving be made for all people, … For there is one God , and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all.”
This November let’s not only give thanks to our Father in heaven on the 23rd, but take the time every day to remember what Jesus did for us and through him we are perfect.
Blessing to all