Thanksgiving as we know it in our country is the fourth Thursday of November to commemorate the feast held at Plymouth in 1621 by the colonist giving thanks to God for harvest and health.

We believers are admonished in , “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Thankfulness follows contentment. A discontented person is not thankful for anything; a contented person is thankful for everything. Thankfulness is an attribute of a Godly man and selfishness of an ungodly man. lists some things not named among saved people. An unthankful saved person is a contradiction of terms. Unthankful and unholy are attributes of a lost person. {} Unthankful and evil are close kin according to . Saved people are thankful for everything, good or bad, because we understand that God is doing something for us and not to us. {}

Even though we are to be thankful for the visible things, life and all of the things that go with it, there are some invisible things. We ought to be thankful that our sins are forgiven. We are no longer condemned. We are heirs and joint heirs with Jesus. We have eternal life, a place in heaven for ever and an eternal home. We have a loving Father in which we can put our trust and hope for life here and eternal life to come. We have the promise of God to never be left alone. We can depend on Him for leadership and guidance in our lives. We have a Gospel to preach and spread that we know is the truth because they have and are real in our own lives.

Apart from all of this, we have the hope of His soon coming to take us to an eternal home; the place of rest for all eternity. We have every reason to be thankful for what God has done and is doing in our church, in our homes and in our country.

Thanks be unto God for His unsearchable riches.

Bill Forde