Dear Agnostics and Atheists,
I understand that the Thanksgiving holiday tends to be awkward for you with not knowing who to thank for all those blessings (do you even call them that?) that come from nowhere.
So I have a suggestion for you. You probably won’t like it at first, but I promise if you give it a try you won’t be disappointed. Granted, my suggestion comes from a verse in the Bible, so that may also make you feel all awkward and nervous and defensive. Stay with me, though. Here it is:
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15 NAS)
Come on, what could it hurt to just say thank you to God and mean it? If He’s not real, He won’t hear you and nothing will happen. You can just go along as you have been, all empty and awkward and confused but pretending you’re not.
But if you sincerely tell God thank you and mean it with all your heart, let me just warn you, your life will be changed forever. And I do mean forever, as in eternity. Because when you open up your heart to the possibility that God is real and that you can know Him, then you have embarked on a journey of truth and forgiveness and peace. Jesus will meet you where you are and draw you to salvation.
Not only that, but Thanksgiving will no longer be pointless and awkward! You will know without a doubt that everything you have, even the air you breathe, comes from the Lord.
And then there’s Christmas! You’ll finally understand why you celebrate a holiday that contains the very name of the One you were sure didn’t exist. Oh, and Easter! Forget all those bunnies and chicks and eggs. You’ll understand why the resurrection of Christ is the central event of the Christian faith–that He conquered death for us to make us alive!
Yes, actually thanking God might be just the thing you need to get out of that pit you’ve dug for yourself. Christ Himself is reaching His nail-pierced hand down to lift you out of your unbelief. Let Him. And then you won’t be able to resist saying Thank You, God!
Janice Powell 2013
If you would like to receive Christ’s free gift of salvation, know this verse:
“For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.” (Psalm 86:5 NAS)
I encourage you to look up these verses for yourself in an accurate translation, write them down, pray, and talk to a pastor from a Bible teaching church. If you have come to salvation, welcome to the family of God! You are in for the ride of your life!