It's the day after Thanksgiving. Now what? Do we cease giving God thanks until next Thanksgiving? Do we even give God thanks on Thanksgiving?
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Our primary focus on Thanksgiving Day should be to give God thanks for all of our blessings. We all too often forget this and go straight to our needs and desires. Even when we don't feel blessed, we have been blessed. If you are reading this, you have been blessed. You are able to read. If someone is reading this to you, you are able to hear. Even in the worst times, we have more blessings than many people.
Count your many blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
Baptist Hymnal 1991: Hymn 644
Let the day after Thanksgiving be the start of some new, not the end of giving thanks. We make New Year's Resolutions, so now we need to make Thanksgiving Resolutions. This new Thanksgiving year, let us resolve to give God thanks every day.
Thank You for the chores
Lord, thank You for this sink of dirty dishes; we have plenty of good food to eat. Thank You for this big pile of dirty clothes; we have them to wear. Thank You for these unmade beds; they were all comfortable last night. Thank You for this finger-smudged refrigerator that desperately needs cleaning; it has served us faithfully for a long time. Our family is grateful for the tall grass that needs mowing; we all enjoy our private yard. Thank You for that slamming door; the children are healthy and able to run and play. Lord, the presence of all the chores awaiting me says that You have richly blessed this family. I shall do them all gratefully. (FBCCR bulletin - Sunday, November 24, 2019)
God's Word tells us to be thankful all the time:
"in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).