Many countries around the world have harvest festivals, but only two that I know of celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October, the United States in November. It began as a day of thanksgiving to God for a good harvest and His provision of our needs. I think that for most people in both Canada and the United States today, it is just another vacation day and opportunity to get together with friends and family. For some of us though, it is still a day to thank God for all He has provided for us.
In Canada and the United States we have a great deal for which we can be thankful. We have life. We have family and friends. We have all of our basic needs met and most of us have far more than just the bare necessities of life. Even more important, we have the opportunity to know God. The opportunity to truly know Him through a relationship with his Son Jesus. Through that relationship with Jesus we can have peace and joy as we live here on earth and we will spend eternity with Jesus in heaven. I can’t think of anything more exciting and for all those things I give thanks.