I’m grateful for a national day of giving thanks. It’s good to embrace this day every year — not waiting until everything in our lives is perfect, not waiting until we get past this current problem, but stopping in the midst of life’s difficulties and chaos to be grateful. There will always be another challenge, another difficulty to overcome, so we can’t wait to give thanks. Indeed, if we can be grateful along the way, we make it possible for our hearts to receive God’s peace.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Phil. 4: 6-9)
We can be thankful for scriptures like this, which teach us how gratitude will pave the way for the peace of God.
Especially in our dark, anxious times, when we are worried and hurting and needful, we must offer thanksgiving as we offer up our supplications and fears. Even in the midst of the struggle, we should find the bright spots, and meditate on those.
May your Thanksgiving be blessed and beautiful, my friends, and may our nation offer up real thanks to our Creator, so that perhaps a little bit of the light of His peace might brighten up our world. Thanks be to God! Happy Thanksgiving!