Coming to Thanksgiving day 2020

This morning in service, we had a look at the Book of Nehemiah, in which we can find the longest (Ch. 9) and the shortest prayer (Ch. 2)

For a hundred years the people went asleep. We too have come into a period when previously lots of people though they said to be Jew, Christian or Muslim their heart was not so much with their God. Most of them had even forgotten really.

The book also talks about the city of Shushan which is in today’s Iran. It also talks about the different gates which still can be found in present Jerusalem.

Nehemiah asks to reflect on the faults of the Jews and to look at the poor state. Also today we may find ourselves in a poor state. We now have the different books of Scriptures translated. The world has the Book of The Revelation of God so the people should be able to understand it. In ancient times they came to read it as well and could come to understanding by the things made clear, the Law of God being expounded and there being a putting of meaning into it.

Nehemiah the governor, along with Ezra the priest and scholar and the Levites who were teaching the people, said to all the people that there was this day which is holy to Jehovah God. Also this year has to have the Day of God and should not be a day people have to weep and carry on. Being in Lockdown we do not have to “Go home” because we are already home. We too can prepare a feast even when limited to meet with others. It is wrong to think we have to be with many to have holiday food and drink. Today we also can give thanks to God for everything that we have received and for what we are still going to receive.

Even when in lockdown we can share the thanksgiving and the sharing of food, with those who don’t have anything. We too, even when limited in our form of socialising can face the coming days which are holy to God. Don’t feel bad. Let the joy of God be your strength!

In the old days it were the Levites who calmed the people, and asked them not to be upset. With these days of pandemic lots of people are very upset. They forget that in these days of restriction we should take time to think a lot and to meditate, not forgetting all the luxury we have. Hundred years ago, with the Flemish or Spanish flu, the people were much worse off after World War I. This time is nothing compared to those days or to the days of the Pest.

Today the people are still able to go off to feast, eating and drinking in a wealthy house. We hear so many moaning about what it will be with Saint Nicolas and Christmas. For those days have they given God a place in it?

We can see in the Book of Nehemiah how the people had forgotten about God, but how He has always been with them. The prophet asked them (and us) to examine the life of our ancestors and of ourselves. We have to value the past and should come to see what God has done already throughout those many years. In the Book of Nehemiah the Israelites got it; they understood the reading that had been given to them.

“8 And they read in the book, in the law of God, distinctly; and they gave the sense, so that they understood the reading. 9  And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto Jehovah your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye grieved; for the joy of Jehovah is your strength. 11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved. 12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.” (Ne 8:8-12 ASV)

On the fourth Thursday in November, Americans, English Baptists and many Evangelist Christians and Bible Students celebrate Thanksgiving. On this day, thanks are given for all the blessings people have received that year. This, after the Church service, usually involves an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner. The traditional dish for this dinner is the well-known “turkey”. Before dinner, all those present tell one by one what they are grateful for.

The day after, next Friday, it shall be Black Friday and many people shall be looking out to spend a lot of money in the hope to save a lot of money. But around that day and the days later like 5, 6, 25 and 31 December and January 1, when they would be on the lookout for presents, shall there be a place to remember the Gifts of God?

When you are on your own, when you feel lonely, remember that you should not feel on your own and forgotten. Do know there is Some One around you, Who cares and looks at you. God will not abandon those who believe in Him and want to have a good relationship with Him. Even in a world where people turn away from God, He shall be with His people and shall provide things for the world.

“ For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked works.” (Ne 9:35 ASV)

These coming days, please renew your obedience and the process of grace. Show your thankfulness to Jehovah God, the One Who shall not let you down.

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Additional reading

  1. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  2. Let them thank the Lord for …
  3. Give thanks to יהוה! For He is good, For His kindness is everlasting
  4. Being thankful for the Word spoken to us by God
  5. Objective: To Glorify God and His son

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Find also to read

    1. If your difficulties are longstanding, try kneeling
    2. Give your worries to God
    3. Life in gratitude opens glory of God
    4. A Living Faith #6 Sacrifice
    5. Thanking God by thinking of people
    6. The Proper Place of Excess
    7. A gift of 86,400 seconds
    8. Many opportunities given by God
    9. Altitude begins with an attitude of gratitude
    10. The Gift of Giving
    11. 2016 Thanksgiving and politics
    12. Time to be strengthened, thankful and to be prepared
    13. Only the contrite self, sick of its pretensions, can find salvation
    14. He who kneels before God can stand before anyone!
    15. Are you doing Thanksgiving
    16. Being thankful
    17. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name
    18. Beginning of a festival of lights

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Further related
  1. Thanksgiving celebration- history and tradition
    This article tells that “The celebration organized by Governor William Bradford was the first Thanksgiving in history.” but forgets that at the European continent there were lots of people who took a day to celebrate at the end of the Summer, after the harvest, and took that day free to spend more time around God, by special prayers and moments of saying thanks to God for all what He had provided. Already in the 12th century and more from the 16 th century onwards feasts of Thanksgiving were presented in many European nations.
  2. Psalm 81 – Be Safe This Thanksgiving
    If only the people would listen, if they would only follow directives.
    God loves each and every one of us, and therefore we should love each other, too. One of the best ways we can do that right now is by keeping each other safe and healthy. Perhaps you won’t get sick, but in moving across the country you could bring one community’s infection back home to your own, where it will kill someone’s grandmother, someone’s partner, someone’s child. The time for festivals, gatherings, and celebration will come again, but only if we are patient and restrained now.
  3. Complicated Gratitude
    Gratitude matters. We know this. We know that we are more positive and more productive and have less anxiety when we focus on being grateful.
    … every day is a gift not granted to everyone.  …
  4. A City of Hope
    Joy reigns there, in endless thanksgiving to the God of all hope and blessing.
    Though this city seems distant, the light of its Hope shines today on our paths and in our hearts and is our sustenance and consolation, both now and in the days to come.
  5. Happiness Around a Table
    Being at times unable to shake off some of my rather stuffy British traits, I do however find the group hand-holding and public verbalising in front of a large group of mainly total strangers what I am grateful for to be utter purgatory. Being unable to speak in public, (and by that I mean in front of more than a group of two people), as last year my moment for the firing squad of eyes to be directed upon me approached, my mind went blank, my unfortunate neighbour had to endure my increasingly sweaty palms and starry dizziness began to take hold. This of course is a classic case of brain becoming overwhelmed, body and aforementioned brain entering total paralysis, followed by a tendency to fall rather dramatically to the floor, thereby requiring smelling salts or a slap around the face to bring me around—the former obviously being preferable to the latter.
  6. November 22, 2020
    When you are thankful for what you have, this occupies your thoughts, frequently.  And you are less likely to set your thoughts wandering to wanting this, or desiring that, because your joy is so complete, in the gratitude, in the thanksgiving.
  7. La La La La
    “As I walked past the TV this morn, I heard some newscaster say we shouldn’t sing loudly at Thanksgiving because it transmits particles from our mouths and that will spread the virus.” writes the person without mentioning if the broadcaster meant it when singing in a group.
    For sure with a lockdown, every sensible person would not come to meet with many people and in such instance would be at home on his own or with his own family members, where singing loud would do no damage to others.

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