Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”1 Thessalonians 5:18
Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday. While not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving with traditions, many do. Some people start their day by watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Others start decorating for Christmas. Some go shopping, looking for that great deal. Families gather together to share a meal and give thanks. Many families prepare the food together, talking and laughing throughout the day. Many families use their best dishes on this special day. Many people eat too much food, share stories, then kick back and watch football. But… before starting to eat, many families, even some who don’t normally, pause to pray and give thanks to the Giver of all gifts, God. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
No matter what you and your family do this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, I want to encourage each of you to take some time and share with one another what you are thankful for. Take time to pray and give thanks to Father God. Then, extend your gratefulness by telling someone what they mean to you or telling them how much you love them. Maybe invite someone to share your holiday meal with you. Giving thanks should be a lifestyle for Christians. It is hard to complain when you are being thankful for all things.
The second half of the word, Thanksgiving, is giving. In a world that takes and takes and takes, let us, as Christians, be found to be givers. Let’s give smiles to strangers. Let’s let someone in during traffic. Let’s give compliments freely. Let’s give grace as we parent. Let’s give a listening ear to our chatty child. Let’s give a little extra time talking and less time on our devices. Let’s give hugs daily to each family member. Let’s give a call to our moms or dads. Let’s give a wave to the neighbor. Let’s give a greeting as we pass people in the store. We can share the light of Christ, that is within us, when we give thanks and when we give kindness and love to others. I am thankful for each of you. Happy Thanksgiving!
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