November 22, 2020
Sermon Title: Thanksgiving-The Forgotten Holiday
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Scripture Reading: Proverbs 15:17, Deuteronomy 8:10-14,
Psalms 100:4-5, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Scripture Text: Proverbs 17:1
Proverbs 17:1 "Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife."
Thanksgiving-The Forgotten Holiday
Summary: Is it just me or is the focus on Christmas happening earlier and earlier as the years go by? Years ago you didn't see anything Christmas until after Thanksgiving. Now the attention on Christmas starts before Halloween.
What can we do to give Thanksgiving the attention it deserves?
1) Be aware of what can get in the way.
There are some things about Thanksgiving that, although not bad things, they can still get in the way of the focus on giving thanks.
There is a lot of cooking going on for Thanksgiving. It's a lot of work and slaving in the kitchen to get everything ready for the meal. Hours of preparation and everyone tears in and gobbles [pun intended] it up in about a half hour.
The commercialism of Christmas is being pushed sooner and sooner as the years go by.
NFL games on Thanksgiving Day have been going on since the league was formed.
Going to the movies.
I don't know when this became a thing, but it seems pretty common now for people to go to the movies on Thanksgiving Day.
2) Don't forget.
In order for Thanksgiving to not be the forgotten holiday we need to do things that will help us to maintain the essence of it.
When God was giving instructions to the Israelites for when they established themselves in Canaan, the land of promise, he warned them
about forgetting to be thankful.
And part of our need to continually be in the mindset of prayer is so that we can be joyful and thankful.
"Lord, help me to not forget about you when times are good."
"Lord, help me to find something to be thankful for in this situation. Help me to see how it could've been worse and then thank you that it wasn't."
"Lord, help me to maintain my joy around difficult people and help me to find something positive to say about them."
"Lord, give me strength because right now I'm feeling weak and vulnerable."
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