History tells us that in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
In the book to the Romans the Apostle Paul tells us why men turned from God in the first place. (vs. 21) "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."
A spirit of thanklessness was in the heart of man toward God. This pattern still holds true today. As individuals find no thanksgiving in their hearts toward God they soon allow their own hearts and minds to lead them far away from Him. If you find yourself with nothing but complaints and frustrations toward God right now, sit down and make a list of all the good things God has brought you . . . starting with life.