Thanksgiving Day in America


After celebrating the national holiday last week, I wondered to whom most Americans give thanks? As they sit around the table, pondering their many blessings, whom are they addressing when they say, “We give thanks”? Or, whom do we look to for all good things?

“I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good” (Psalm 54:6b, ESV).

2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Day in America

  1. I was asked to pray before our thanksgiving meal. As I’m not a big fan of me coming up with something extemperaniously (because I think I’m a bumbling fool), I stuck with the prayer that my mother’s side (mainly Roman Catholic) has always said:

    Bless us, oh Lord, in these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Honestly, I like this even better than the common table prayer.

  2. I hosted a large family gathering–the only practicing Christian among them.
    One relative noted that I might be inclined to say a prayer before the meal. It was hard to get everyone quiet enough, quickly enough, but I said the common table prayer.
    Odd thing–they’d never considered a blessing of any other meal we’d shared together. But this WAS the THANKS-giving dinner, so…

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