The biblical Thanksgiving/Harvest celebration kicks off the Harvest Season. Offerings are brought to the altar based on the initial gathering of produce and sustenance, not at the end. Paul says to give thanks first/while we are asking as well:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
In addition to looking back over 2011 and being thankful for God’s provision we are encouraged to look ahead to 2012 with THANKSGIVING for all that God will do in the future! What will God bring in this coming year that deserves your thankful prayers today?