Give Thanks

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess 5:18)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

There’s a lot to be thankful for in life. Sometimes we dig ourselves too deep into some hole of meaningless or despair. At other times, we go about doing what we always do, without pondering even slightly about deeper aspects of life. Finally, all too often we become focused on exaclty the meaningless or indifferent thoughts and doings.

Fact is, life is a gift from God, containing lots of blessings if we just stop to count them. And what better occasion than this wonderful American holiday, which admittedly is not specifically Christian, but does give us the opportunity to stop and give thanks.

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving does not have a great export value and very few people in Denmark know anything about it except for the turkeys they see on American TV shows. It’s partly an economic issue. Florists were quick to embrace Valentine’s Day, and Halloween is gaining a broad following. But Thanksgiving is not about money. Those who benefit from this holiday in America are largely turkey sellers and airlines. Thanksgiving is about being with family and friends, eating good food, enjoying relaxing times together, and giving thanks.

I am thankful for being able to keep the tradition alive for the 7th year in a row by spending all day cooking turkey for my friends. And I’m thankful for the good company and a wonderful evening with you guys.


Author: Kenneth Mollerup Birch

Living north of Copenhagen, Denmark. MA in Information Science. Interests include communication, internet, sociology, language, politics, religion, theology, travel, music, and food.

3 thoughts on “Give Thanks”

  1. I read a great story in the news about George W pardoning a turkey on thanksgiving. Interesting considering how difficult it seems to have been getting a pardon for humans during his Texas reign.

    OK, the turkey cannot possibly have committed any serious crime.

  2. Yeah the presidential turkey pardoning is a long-standing tradition. As traditions come and go, it’s a sweet one, but admittedly pretty meaningless.

    Speaking of George W., he did make headlines two years ago, when he made a surprise visit on Thanksgiving Day to American troops in Iraq. I believe something similar took place during the war in Vietnam.

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