Give Thanks for your Blessings
The last couple of years have been really difficult for a lot of people. Foreclosures and job losses are at all time highs. The government was quick to bail out banks and big corporations and very little of that bail out has trickled down to the masses.
These days, it is increasingly difficult to separate the commercial holiday from the real meaning of the holiday. When you go into stores you are bombarded by Christmas goods and people rushing to start the Christmas shopping season before we can even get to Thanksgiving. It started right after Halloween. It is a bit overwhelming.
Nevertheless, this time of year has traditionally been a time to stop and thank God for our blessings. And although things could certainly be better, they could also be worse. The very first Thanksgiving was a celebration between the Pilgrims and the Indians. In those days they were probably thankful just to be alive!
Give thanks if you have good health. Give thanks if you have a roof over your head. Give thanks for food if you can eat daily; give thanks for family and friends. And even if you don’t have any of these things, be grateful for your life.
On Thanksgiving Day this year, thank God and decide not to complain about anything. Thank God for annoying relatives and dry turkey dinner if that’s all you have. Give thanks for what you have without thinking about what you don’t have. Better yet, try to help someone less fortunate this year by volunteering or donating something to the needy. Praise God and petition for your needs while you continually thank and worship him.
Keep an attitude of gratitude and your blessings will abound.