Mindy Belz, writing in World Magazine says “Our present day ingratitude may have taken root during the 1950s, when we thanked ourselves for our new prosperity instead of God.”
Somewhere along the way, our National day of Thanksgiving has changed. History teaches that we find Thanksgivings beginnings in the many hardships of the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. The first thanksgiving proclamation was by George Washington to the colonists during the revolutionary war. It became a national holiday during the bloody days of the Civil War when Abraham Lincoln called the nation to a day of prayer and Thanksgiving.
Today we set aside a day to primarily give thanks for all our prosperity. It has lost some of its power. --Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
World, November 29, 2014 p. 20
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV) “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”