“And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.”” (Isaiah 12:4)
When our Nation was attacked on September 11, 2001, Americans were vividly reminded that there are evil elements in the world seeking to rob us of our freedoms. Since that time there arose a new habit of our citizenry that I really like. In my travels, I see diverse folks approach someone in uniform and say “Thank you for your service.” I heard one Veteran respond back to that by saying, “You were worth it!” I have been using that response ever since.
America found its voice to show gratitude to the ones pledged to preserve our freedom. It is not that Service Members need to hear such words, although they are very much appreciated. Instead, It is those who benefit from the sacrifices of those Service members who need to openly and publicly say thank you.
This applies to Thanksgiving Day as well.
Thanksgiving is the only U.S. National Holiday dedicated to saying “thank you” to God for blessing and protecting our Nation. God does not have a need to hear those words, but we as a Nation have a need to say them.
As we gather in our homes or Dining Facilities to celebrate, let us be sure to openly express our appreciation to God for family, friends, freedom and provision. But above all, let us be sure to say to our Lord, “Thank you for your Service.” If we listen carefully we will hear Him say back, “You are worth it.”
Thank you Heavenly Father for the abundance of your blessings. Forgive me when I complain about what I think I lack instead of thanking you have given me. Thank you for your service. Amen.