by J. Gerald Harris

Five Reasons for Being Thankful
J. Gerald Harris
Psalm 103:1-5

I love to interact with the kids in our Christian school. I was walking down the hall last week, and I noticed that one of the classes had made some things to commemorate the Thanksgiving season. And so I asked the kids this question: What do you get if you cross a turkey with an ostrich? Do you know the answer to that question?

All right, here's the answer. A Thanksgiving bird that buries its head in the mashed potatoes.

Now, if you don't like that, you'd better cheer up now because they get worse. What do you get if you cross a centipede with a turkey?

Answer: fewer fights over who gets a drumstick at Thanksgiving.

Well, are you thankful? Someone said, ''If you can't be satisfied with what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped.''

Or you may want to look at it like this. ''Compare what you want with what you have and you'll be unhappy. Compare what you deserve with what you have and you'll be happy.''

Every day should be Thanksgiving Day, so why has one day in the year been designated specifically as ''Thanksgiving Day?''

Well, the Pilgrims came to America to make a home in the wilderness. They came to this country looking for freedom to worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience. They had their first harvest in 1621.

So, at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the fall of 1621 a little handful of devoted people, in the midst of many perils and great hardships, set apart a day for thanksgiving to God. And on that day they feasted and gave thanks.

President Lincoln appointed the last Thursday of November, 1864, as Thanksgiving Day. Now the Thanksgiving Day tradition is firmly established in America.

Every person who has a grateful heart should devoutly thank God, take stock and count his blessings. Actually, Thanksgiving Day should simply get us in the mood and in the spirit to be thankful throughout the entire year. In fact, David, the p ...

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