by David Cawston

A Psalm of Thanksgiving
David Cawston
Psalm 103


Since the first Thanksgiving Day was observed by the Pilgrims in 1621, and President Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday in 1863, Thanksgiving Day has been a vital part of our national life.

I've always wondered why the Atheists don't object to Thanksgiving Day, because it is the day when we call attention to our gratitude and thanksgiving to God. I guess of all of the times an Atheist must feel very uncomfortable are those occasions when he feels thankful and he doesn't have anybody to express his gratitude to. But on this day of Thanksgiving we gather together as a nation. We gather in our families and we offer our gratitude and our thanksgiving to God.

Gratitude and thanksgiving to God is a very important exercise. It is something that all of us ought to do. But it is not only just a day of thanksgiving, the Bible also tells us that thanksgiving is something that ought to be an attitude of our heart.

Notice back in Psalm 100 and verse 4, it says, ''Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise. Be thankful unto him and bless his name.''

Many regard the Taj Mahal as the most beautiful building ever constructed. Most visitors to India want to see it above all other sights. It was built by Shah Jehan as both a mausoleum and also a monument to his beloved wife. There is a legend about this famous building. The legend says that during the long process of building the Taj Mahal the emperor often visited the site and that he kept bumping into a dusty box which was constantly in his way. Finally one day he ordered, ''Get rid of it!'' They did, and only later discovered that the box contained the body of the very woman the building was built to honor. The story may not be true, but it is certainly instructive. Everyone knows the purpose for Thanksgiving Day, but somehow in the very process of planning the day its purpose gets lost.

Now, the Lord has gi ...

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