Thanksgiving Holiday is approaching. You will be looking forward to having fun with your family, friends, and neighbors during the Thanksgiving holiday. As you know, today's Thanksgiving Day in America began with the Puritans who had moved to America for religious freedom from England. They learned how to cultivate corn from the Indians. In 1621, when they harvested their corn on Fall, they had a great harvest festival for three days. They invited the Indians to celebrate the harvest with the corn, grains, fruits, turkeys, and deer. It is the origin of our Thanksgiving Day.
But we find the origin of Thanksgiving Day in the Bible. After the harvest, the Israelites gratefully acknowledged God and kept the Feast of Tabernacles. They built cottages with branches and spent seven days in them. It was called Feast of Tabernacles.
In English, ''thank you" derives from the word "think". It means "I will remember what you did for me." When you thank someone, you will first think about what that person did for you. And then, you will express your gratitude to that person.
I feel like January 1st, 2017 was yesterday, but it has already been 10 months, and now we only have two months to finish this year. There have been a lot of things for us in the last 10 months. You will not remember all the things that happened in the last 10 months. But you will remember some things and keep them for a long time. At this point, you must think and remember what God has done for you. You must remember how God has kept your children, grandchildren, and your relatives and what he has done for them. You must give thanks to Him. The Bible says that whenever we give thanks to God, God will give us something bigger. I believe these words. The worship that God is most pleased with is the worship we give in thanksgiving.
Our church will have a Thanksgiving service on November 19th. After worship, we will have a potluck lunch in a social hall. The members of our church outreach committee will cook turkeys and prepare special programs. I hope you will come to Sunday, November 19th. It will be a time for us to look back on this year, remember the blessings God has given us, and we thank Him.
I pray that in the month of November, your home will be full of God's grace and blessings.
Rev. Dr. David Choi