Discounting Thanksgiving

I was surprised last week to see Thanksgiving items in the store discounted 50-80 percent for clearance before Thanksgiving Day. It gave me a feeling that they were discounting the need to be thankful. Here in the States it seems the minute Halloween is over Christmas displays appear with holiday ads. Thanksgiving seems to get squeezed between two major holidays that generate major income for retailers.

It’s easy for me to grumble that our society isn’t taking time to give thanks. Yet I have to admit this time of year I tend to want to jump into the Christmas season before Thanksgiving Day. I need to remind myself to stop, slow down and take time for Thanksgiving; to thank God each day for the love and grace he has showered on me this year.

As the Christmas ads inundate us each day, urging us to “hurry” to get those great Black Friday deals, I encourage you to hit pause. Take time this Thursday to give thanks to God for his never ending faithfulness over the last year. Thanksgiving is a day to orient us toward thanking God for giving us salvation through his son Jesus.

I am thankful for all of you who take time to stop by this blog and read the posts. I appreciate the insight and encouragement you offer in your comments. As a reminder to continue to give thanks to God each week, now until the end of the year I will do a Thanksgiving Thursday scripture post. I encourage you to read the verse and take a moment to offer praise and thanksgiving to the God we serve.

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” – Ephesians 1:15-16 (NIV)

© 2018 CGThelen

6 thoughts on “Discounting Thanksgiving

  1. So true. I hope I can take time this year to stop and give thanks to God; to help others pause and reflect on our blessings throughout the season without getting caught up in all the busyness. Thanks for the comment.

  2. I have noticed especially this year that all through November the focus has been on Black Friday (which,in many stores starts on Thursday evening) while Thanksgiving has hardly been mentioned. Can’t we take one day to be thankful for all we have before stampeding to the malls to buy more stuff?

  3. At our weekly prayer gathering last night, the person leading suggested we simply pray prayers of thanksgiving for all God has done/is doing/will do. It was the sweetest, most intimate prayer meeting I have attended in some time.
    Thanks for this blog.
    Blessings,
    Chuck

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