Why Thanksgiving Matters
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. Romans 1:18-25
The only alternative to gratitude is folly. And what is true for individuals is true for nations as well. When we claim responsibility or merit for our bounty, we forget God...and then we suffer the consequences. Years of peace and plenty have created an expectation that such is our deserved and natural state. They are not. And if we lose what we have taken for granted, what can we say except "the judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether."