Thanksgiving: A Noun or a Verb

Psalm 69:30 (NIV)  30 I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.

Is Thanksgiving a Holiday or an act of giving?

Is Thanksgiving a time to eat and watch football or a time to reflect on the past and future?

Is Thanksgiving one day or is it a way of living?

Thanksgiving, the Holiday, is on the fourth Thursday in November every year.  The original harvest meal was in 1621 with the pilgrims.  People celebrate Thanksgiving every year in different traditions.

Some have families over and cook turkey and watch football all day.  Some families hunt all day and then join the family at night for a great meal.  Some people go on a vacation with the family just to enjoy each other.  Some people get ready to shop all night and the next day for the Black Friday deals that now start on Thursday.

During these festivities, people do talk about what they are thankful for.   People enjoy the company of family.  It’s the beginning of the Holiday season.

BUT, is Thanksgiving a noun or a verb?  Is it a Holiday or an action?

In God’s Holy Word, thanksgiving is referenced as a verb most of the time.  In the above verse in Psalm, we are to glorify God with thanksgiving (an action).


Psalm 95:2 (NIV).  Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

We are to go before our God with thanksgiving as the above verse states.  Again, we are to do something.

Psalm 100:4 (NIV).  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

We are to enter his House of Worship with thanksgiving – doing something.

2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV).  11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

We are to be generous on every occasion and that will result in thanksgiving to God. We are being generous which is an action that results in thanksgiving.

I guess you are seeing my point now.  The Lord speaks of thanksgiving as doing something, not necessarily one day of the year.  It looks like to me after reading these verses and studying them, it is an everyday action.   We are to have thanksgiving in our life daily.

I’m not trying to take away from Thanksgiving or to tell you not to celebrate with family and friends and watch football.  I’m just telling you we should celebrate thanksgiving daily in our actions.  People should feel Thanksgiving daily in how we act and live.

Our calendars should have Thanksgiving day on everyday not just the 4th Tuesday of November.   Let’s all decide to live a thanksgiving life the rest of the month not just on Thanksgiving Day.

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