In a few days it will be Thanksgiving; a holiday that started in 1621 when a group of people from different backgrounds gave thanks for what God had given them.

200 years later President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated the last Thursday of November. In Lincoln’s words, it was to be “a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

Now Thanksgiving is consumed with eating, football, preparing to shop, traveling, etc. We have let the Thanksgiving and Praise slip. This Thanksgiving, take a moment to give thanks and praise for all the things you’ve been given. It’s a good exercise for all of us and not just on Thanksgiving.