The Meaning of Thanksgiving

The Meaning of Thanksgiving


By guest blogger Kathryn Lacey

Thanksgiving Day is a day which is celebrated here in the United States every year. Family and friends come together from near and far to celebrate this day by having a Thanksgiving Day dinner. Usually before eating dinner, each person sitting at the table states what they are thankful for, and then there is a prayer.

But for many, they are thankful for being with their family and friends. But I think something is missing in this picture, don’t you? “Thanksgiving” is a compound word. It is made up of two words that have been brought together as one word. This is significant.

The word “thanks,” by definition, means to show gratitude. And “giving” means to give of yourself, to help others, without looking for something in return. When you give to others through the year, on Thanksgiving Day when its your turn to say what you are thankful for, you can say that I am thankful for being able to give of myself to those who are in need, as well as family and friends. In this, you can show gratitude in thanking God for all that you have.

There are many who won’t be able to sit at a table with family and friends to share a Thanksgiving meal because they are homeless. Therefore, I ask that you include those who are homeless in your donations, your volunteering and in your prayers, remember them. Pray that they too will have something to eat on Thanksgiving Day. Offering up prayers for others is also giving of yourself.

I wish you all a blessed Happy Thanksgiving Day.

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The Meaning of Thanksgiving
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The word "thanks," by definition, means to show gratitude. And "giving" means to give of yourself, to help others, without looking for something in return.
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Jackie Norgord

Expert Community Manager at 1World Online
Jackie Norgord is the Expert Community Manager at 1World Online. She lives in Silicon Valley and holds a BA in English from University of Wisconsin and an MA-TESOL from San José State. In addition to teaching writing, she enjoys travel around the SF Bay and beyond, fine dining, and sport in the Sierras.