Nothin’ Religious About Thanksgiving!

A few days ago a young homeschooling mother was having her teeth cleaned.

The dental hygienist was complaining. “I hate spending another holiday at my sister’s house!  She HAS to make every holiday a religious holiday, even Thanksgiving!  There’s nothin’ religious about Thanksgiving! Come on, it’s Turkey Day!  What’s religious about that?”

The homeschooling mom spoke up. “Actually, it IS a religious holiday.  In 1789 George Washington proclaimed Thursday the 26th of November  a day when the people of this country should give thanks to God for their many blessings. That sounds sort of religious to me.”

The hygienist became quiet.  Then… “How do you know that?”

“Just this week my kids asked me how Thanksgiving began. I did some research.”

The hygienist responded. “Okay. Well, I don’t want to talk about it anymore.”

  • For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.    Romans 1:20-21
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to Nothin’ Religious About Thanksgiving!

  1. Mark says:

    very good – blessings to you on Thanksgiving Day!

  2. Lisa says:

    Love this! So often it seems people make up their minds about God with no real knowledge of who he is. Or decisions about our culture without adequate information.

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you Lisa. I am thinking the dental hygienist was young. It’s sad that many public schools these days no longer teach the history behind Thanksgiving. This was probably new to her.

  3. Frank King says:

    Thanks for sharing, Kathleen. Many people today want to push God out of the American culture. Many of them might be surprised at how deeply rooted He is in the history of early America.

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