Give thanks with a thankful heart, Give thanks to the holy one, Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son. Give thanks as you gather today with loved ones and perhaps enemies as well. Give thanks that you are given this chance to be thankful and to love others as Jesus first loved us.
It's a day of thankfulness and yet what makes it so different than any other day? We gather around with those we love, setting aside pain and fear in hopes that for one day a spirit of thankfulness will consume our hearts.
So often trust and love are replaced with fear and uncertainty, obscuring our vision from ever really seeing the blessings in our life for which to be thankful for. We spend the whole year running and hiding and often pushing away the few things we truly are thankful for.
So many are learning to celebrate with loss or a change to their life.
We live in a world where so much goes wrong on a daily basis. Children dying, families torn apart, economic failure, and so much more. We each have so much to be angry and hurt about. We live our life in anger lashing out at anyone and everyone and then somehow, we begin to be thankful this time of year. We realize how blessed we truly are and we begin to count our blessings, and yet, what about the rest of the year?
I think back to the very first thanksgiving. The pilgrims had so much to be hurt and angry about. In reality they had lost so many loved ones and were so far from anything they knew as home. Regardless of all they had lost and all of their fears, they still gathered with new friends giving thanks to God for what they had and what they were given. They realized that despite the heartache and hardship, the Lord had still provided for them and was going to see them through; they had so much to be thankful for.
Thanksgiving or not thanksgiving, live like everyday were thanksgiving. Live like tomorrow may never come, because too often it doesn't. Live showing others a thankful heart in all you do. Let go of hatred, anger and fear and live being thankful in today.
Learn to let God heal your heart all year long and be thankful daily for the blessings He gives you.
Give thanks with a thankful heart.......
Psalm 69:30 "I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving."