Think further back...
In Exodus (Exodus 23:14-17), up on Mt. Sinai, God instructed Moses to celebrate three yearly Thanksgiving feasts! These festivals were part of the Jewish law. The Feast of Unleavened Bread commemorated God's deliverance from slavery in Egypt. The Feast of Harvest celebrated the first fruits of the crops. And the Feast of Ingathering came at the end of harvest, when the last of the crops were gathered in, as well as celebrating God's provision during the forty years of wandering.
It makes me sad to see Thanksgiving kind of disappear amid all the commercialism of Halloween and Christmas. And when we (the collective "we") do observe Thanksgiving, we tend to focus more on the blessings than the source. When we encourage our kids to be thankful, let's not forget who we're thankful to.
(Stepping off my soap-box now.)
I'm shutting off the computer to focus on family for the next few days. I've scheduled a couple things to post (to help me resist the temptation to log on), but I won't be "around".
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise Your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:13