Thanksgiving and Grammar

“We must never forget that thanksgiving is a word of action.”  Robert Emmons

Well, I looked it up, and my dictionary tells me that “thanksgiving” is a noun, not a verb, not an “action word” as I define a verb to be.  Maybe technically it needs to be “thanks giving” to be a verb?  Still, once you get past the thought of turkey, ritual overeating, and football games, when you talk about “thanksgiving” and not “Thanksgiving,” it feels like a verb.  Indeed, the 1 Thessalonians 5:18 statement – “In everything give thanks” is nothing if not a call to action.  Thanksgiving calls us to to 1) recognize and 2) share our blessings.

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