"All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God."
(2 Corinthians 4:15)
The national holiday of Thanksgiving is celebrated primarily in North America. In Canada, the second Monday in October is set aside; in the U.S., it is the fourth Thursday in November. On that day families and friends feast and express thanks for the bounty we enjoy. The holiday’s history dates back to the Protestant Reformation and is rooted in English traditions, though it was President Abraham Lincoln who proclaimed in 1863 a U.S. national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”
But consider that a widespread celebration of thanks is observed every week by church families across the globe! It’s called communion, the Lord’s Supper, or the Eucharist (which means “thanksgiving”). But rather than thanking God for what we have, this thanksgiving meal celebrates Who we have – Jesus Christ – and what He has done through His sacrifice on the cross. By communing with Jesus in this meal, we admit our need for His saving grace. By communing with each other, we celebrate our unity in Him.
We see the truest form of thanksgiving expressed when the grace we receive in Jesus overflows to others, to God's glory!