Americans have celebrated a day of Thanksgiving since our founding as a nation. I recall as a child picking feathers off a recently slain bird in preparation for much later that day. In the public school on the day before Thanksgiving we were led to be thankful for what we had instead of sulking over what we lacked.
Our family was not a professing family, though we did use religious words out of context.
Such ceremonies and praise have, for the most part, disappeared from our public life.
Commenting on the time-honored Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, pumpkin pie, and the like, noted Faith Commentator, Erma Bombeck wrote:
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not a coincidence.”
America needs some new commentators with such insight into our national needs.
I’m Larry Lilly, pastor of Berean Baptist Church of Terre Haute. Happy Thanksgiving!