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!

Elissa Bjeletich

About Elissa Bjeletich

Elissa Bjeletich is the mother of five daughters, and serves as the Sunday school director at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin, Texas. Find more information on her website:


      1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and many blessings to you throughout the year. Thanksgiving is time to give thanks and you are right, we should be thankful throughout the year and each day of our lives. Thanks You Elissa, you are such a beautiful person, I miss you and all the people in the church and you are all in my prays. I wishing you a very joyful Christmas and Blessed New Year, and throughout the year of 2019.



  1. Hello Elissa,

    Another wonderful post, but this time I decided to leave a comment.

    I have been thinking about “Thanksgiving” and being Orthodox Christian here in Europe, it is not a day that is celebrated (but that is not strange, cause it it an American holiday). But I decided that this day should be celebrated and I have done so with my family.

    It is exactly that, taking a moment as a family to be grateful for what we have and give thanks. Also it is time to open your heart for that lonely neighbour or to mend broken friendships. I think this day fits great with being Orthodox. Who knows maybe our friends will embrace this day also.
    I really do hope so!

    God Bless,

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