O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!— William Shakespeare
Staggering Thanksgiving Christian quotations
The whole life of a Christian should be nothing but praises and thanks to God;
we should neither eat nor sleep, but eat to God and sleep to God and work to God and talk to God, do all to His glory and praise.
The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see many reason for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long.
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage;
We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will.
We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.
It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God.
Thanksgiving is for real Americans not Indians.
We founded this Christian nation. Why if it wasn’t for the God-fearing pilgrims, the natives would still be running around in loin cloths shooting at things with their arrows.
To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything.
Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast.
Thou that hast given so much to me give me one thing more, a grateful heart: not thankful when it pleaseth me, as if Thy blessings had spare days, but such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
For one who has made thanksgiving the habit of his life, the morning prayer will be, 'Lord, what will you give me today to offer back to you?'
Thanksgiving, when the Indians said, "Well, this has been fun, but we know you have a long voyage back to England".
Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey - until Thanksgiving.
It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular.
Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful 'in general.' It's very strange. It's a little like being married in general.
I can choose to grateful when I am criticized, even when my heart still responds in bitterness. I can choose to speak about goodness and beauty, even when my inner eye still looks for someone to accuse or something to call ugly.
God is pleased with no music below so much as with the thanksgiving songs of relieved widows and supported orphans; of rejoicing, comforted, and thankful persons.
But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie;
Enrich them with sweets and spices, and give us the pumpkin-pie!
Every genuine confession humbles the soul.
When it takes the form of thanksgiving, it teaches the soul that it has been delivered by the grace of God.
On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.
Do not exclusively say your prayers in the form of asking God for something.
The prayer of thanksgiving is much more powerful.
My mother is such a lousy cook that Thanksgiving at her house is a time of sorrow.
Measured by the standards of men of their time, [the Pilgrims] were the humble of the earth. Measured by later accomplishments, they were the mighty. In appearance weak and persecuted they came -- rejected, despised -- an insignificant band; in reality strong and independent, a mighty host of whom the world was not worthy destined to free mankind.
Foolish talking and jesting are not the ways in which Christian cheerfulness should express itself, but rather "giving of thanks" (Eph. 5:4). Religion is the source of joy and gladness, but its joy is expressed in a religious way, in thanksgiving and praise.
Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?
How can God entrust great things to one who will not thankfully receive from Him the little things?
Perhaps no custom reveals our character as a Nation so clearly as our celebration of Thanksgiving Day.
A sensible thanksgiving for mercies received is a mighty prayer in the Spirit of God. It prevails with Him unspeakably.
Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice.
I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steeped in hurt and resentment. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint.
Our knowledge of God is perfected by gratiitude: we are thankful and rejoice in the experience of the truth that He is love.
We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good;
if bad, because it works in us patience, humility, contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.
Christians were instructed to serve others, and the thanksgiving was for the grace of God and the fact that God offered a way for man to return to a positive relationship with Him.
Thanksgiving is a time when the world gets to see just how blessed and how workable the Christian system is. The emphasis is not on giving or buying, but on being thankful and expressing that appreciation to God and to one another.
There is no racial or ethnic involvement in Thanksgiving, and people who may be very distant from the Christian system can see the beauty and the positive spirit that comes from the holiday.