Thanksgiving Traditions

Updated: Dec 1, 2021

The Psalmist makes such a joyful announcement to the people of all lands in Psalm 100 which has culminated in Thanksgiving traditions and holiday heritage around the globe for millennia.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.” (Psalm 100:4-5)

The 7 commands of Psalm 100.

This passage of scripture is short and sweet but includes some very important reminders of how to worship our God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

  • Make a joyful shout to the Lord

  • Serve the Lord with gladness

  • Come before His presence with singing

  • Know that the Lord is God

  • Enter into His gates with thanksgiving

  • Be thankful to God

  • Bless the name of the Lord

Traditions are like a double-sided coin.

In Matthew Chapter 15, Jesus confidently answered the scribes and Pharisees’ question as to why His disciples transgressed the tradition of the elders. They were all in a huff because Jesus’s disciples were not washing their hands before eating bread.

“He (Jesus) answered and said to them, ‘Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”— then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

“‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Matthew 15:3-8)

In a more positive light, the Apostle Paul reminded the church at Thessalonica to stand fast according to the true traditions which he had imparted to them.

“Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

In this passage of scripture, Paul is referencing the revealed, inerrant word of God. He communicated a portion of this to the Thessalonians when he was preaching to them in their midst.

Since the New Testament had not yet been written, the tenants of the Christian faith were communicated via preaching, and writing letters (epistles) to the various churches. The Apostle Paul wrote two-thirds of the New Testament, and the Apostle Peter authored two epistles.

The new believers in Thessalonica were to remain in their belief in Jesus Christ and the gospel of the good news. I have no idea if all of this occurred around the time of our present-day Thanksgiving traditions, but they were to stand fast nonetheless. In essence, this became a positive, new tradition for all of them.

Family Thanksgiving Traditions.

In the image for this week’s prophetic blog post, I’m sharing the recipe for Pomegranate Salad which is one of our Thanksgiving Traditions and family faves!

My earliest childhood memories include my sweet mama anxiously awaiting the small, over-taped, brown box full of perfect pomegranates each Thanksgiving.

Lenna Grace, my maternal grandmother who lived to be 89, lived on the Arizona-Nevada border. She was able to procure the very best pomegranates to send to her children who didn’t live nearby. After mama unwrapped the package, she drew the fruit close to her face and smiled with pure satisfaction and joy.

The recipe included with this week’s blog post is one of my mother’s culinary creations.

Another small aspect of this tradition is having the younger kiddos and grandkiddos don some latex gloves and help peel the pomegranates when making the salad. Of course, it helps to have a little extra Cool-whip® for them to sample every now and then, too!

Pomegranate Symbolism.

There are several prophetic symbolisms for pomegranates, but the main ones are as follows:

  • Healing

  • Heart

  • Joyful and fruitful

  • Fruitful thoughts and a beautiful mind

Prophetic Insights For Daily Living.

#1. Since pomegranates represent healing, is there something in your life that needs to be healed? If so, what is it? Pray and ask God to provide just what you need.

#2. Combining the prophetic symbolism for pomegranates, does your heart need to be healed, physically or spiritually? Make an appointment with Dr. Jesus since He is the great physician. (Mark 2:17)

The soil of a thankful heart produces good and pleasant fruit!

Here’s a blog post regarding giving thanks:

#3. As you review the 7 aspects of Psalm 100, are there any that you feel you need to ask Jesus to help you with? It’s so comforting to know that His mercy is everlasting and His truth endures to all generations.

#4. Who and/or what are you thankful for in your life this year, and why? Oftentimes, it’s good to write these down, so you can reflect upon them at a later date. Prophetic journaling is a splendid idea!

#5. I’ve spoken with a few people lately who have indicated that God is forming or doing something new in their lives. (Isaiah 43:19) Even if it’s a pruning of sorts, it can take courage and obedience to be thankful.

#6. What is one of your family’s Thanksgiving traditions or holiday heritage? This may be something other than food or special recipes. If you feel so inclined, please leave a comment at the end of this blog post, and share them with us!

#7. Are you feeling a gentle nudge from The Holy Spirit to pen a note or place a call to someone to thank him or her for being in your life?

On the subject of thanksgiving, please know that I’m thankful for each one of you who has either subscribed to my website and taken the time to read my blog posts and make comments or who has purchased one of our books in our shop.

I appreciate all of you and wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving. All of us have so much for which to be thankful!

Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.

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