A dear friend, who know that I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (otherwise know as the Mormons), asked me the other day if I celebrate Thanksgiving.
A great question!
Of course, most people throughout the world and throughout history have celebrated the harvest and given thanks to whatever God they believed in.
In the United States George Washington called for a day of thanksgiving after the battle of Trenton, a battle which saved the Revolution. And when he became President, he called for an annual day of thanksgiving.
I’m glad we have Thanksgiving. It’s good for us to take a moment once in a while and contemplate what we have to be thankful for. It’s good for us, puts us in a different frame of mind. It brings peace to our heart and our very soul. It softens us and helps us remember what is truly important.
Taking time to thank God, our Heavenly Father, for those things brings humility. Not humiliation, and not subservience. But humility.
Humility is knowing we are God’s children and turning to Him in faith and in prayer. It is trusting Him, believing (or trying to be believing) that He is there, that He loves us, and that He can, and will, help and guide us and our friends and loved ones. Humility is turning to God and being teachable enough that we act on the inspiration that He sends to us.
If you ever wonder if a thought that comes to you is from God or not, there is a sure way to tell. “For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.
“But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.” Moroni 7:16-17.
There are many, many benefits to being thankful. In fact, it is so important that members of the Church are taught from our early childhood on up to pray daily and always to thank Heavenly Father for the blessings He has given us.
Not only do we celebrate Thanksgiving, we essentially do it on a daily basis. 🙂