Give Thanks

20181029_114305.jpgWith Thanksgiving just around the corner, we all have our thoughts on the food. Oh, I love the food at Thanksgiving! My family absolutely LOVES my stuffing. In fact, I have to make a triple batch just so there is enough for them to take some home. I love the leftovers. It is fun to take food home at the end of the day so I can have a “second Thanksgiving meal.” Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce (the jellied kind is my favorite), and of course, pumpkin pie with a huge mound of Reddi Wip on it.

Many of us are looking forward to the day off of work and the time spent with family and friends. A time to watch the parades, or for some, it is a day filled with football. Thanksgiving is a great holiday.

But more than a day with an abundance of great food and time with family, Thanksgiving is a time to pause in our busy lives and give thanks. It is a time to reflect on the good things in your life. A time to look past the things that seem to be going wrong. Past the hurt you are experiencing. Past the things you think you must have. It is a day to reflect and give thanks.

It is a day to give thanks to the Lord for all He has done. Do you have a job that you are good at? A job that you love? Have you given the Lord thanks for giving you the ability to do that job? What about how He supplies your needs? I didn’t say gives you your wants, because we don’t always get our wants. But your needs. Do you have the means to pay for a place to live? Do you have clothes to wear? A coat to keep you warm now that the cold weather is coming? Do you have a way to get around whether it is by car or public transportation? Do you have a way to get places when you want to? Have you given the Lord thanks for that or any of the other things He has done in your life?  

How about giving thanks for the Lord’s blessings in your life? Have you thanked Him for your family? What about the family that is still living? So many have lost someone special this year, and they will mourn that person’s absence this Thanksgiving. Although I have family that has passed on that I will miss, I am thankful for the family that I still have in my life. What about health? Are you free from a debilitating illness? Are you able to get up and walk? Last year I broke my foot (my first broken bone). Wow! I never appreciated that I could walk as much as I did when it was extremely painful and difficult to do so. What about hearing? I have friends who can’t hear and have to use sign language to talk to them. They can’t hear a baby’s laughter or the birds singing. They can’t hear beautiful music. And then there is the blessing of sight. I love to see a sunset. One that is bursting with color. I love to go to the art museum and see the beauty that was created. I love to see smiles on my friends’ faces. The list can go on and on.

But why do we have to wait for one special day to give thanks? “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20). This Thanksgiving let’s take time to think about all that is good in our lives rather than focusing on what is wrong.

May you have a blessed day with your family and friends.

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