Happy Thanksgiving!

Tomorrow families, friends, and even strangers, all around the country are going to gather in dining rooms, kitchens, living rooms, and restaurants to celebrate a holiday that is unique to us in America, called Thanksgiving. According to the budget and particular family traditions, there may be turkey, sweet potatoes, dressing and gravy, and pumpkin pie. When I lived in El Paso a tradition on Thanksgiving was to make Chili Rellinos. I miss that sometimes.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time. Most businesses shut down and people get to enjoy a day of rest. And just as the name of the holiday implies, in most households, even in “non-religious” ones, there is a time for giving thanks.

Some people go around the table and everyone says they are thankful for something. Some have the patriarch or matriarch give a yearly speech about how thankful everyone is to be a part of the family. Some just have a moment of silence and then everyone digs in to the feast. Again, in most households there is some form of thanksgiving even if it is the smallest acknowledgment of gratitude for the food.

I think that is wonderful. I am really glad that we have a holiday set aside for thankfulness. It’s another thing that makes this nation so great.  

What are you thankful for this year? Maybe you’ve struggled physically and you are just thankful to be alive to see another Thanksgiving. Perhaps you’ve weathered some family problems or a financial crisis and you are seeing a small light at the end of the tunnel. That is a reason to be thankful. Maybe you’ve made some new friends, got a new job, or experienced a fresh start in your marriage or with an estranged relative. No matter how big or small, all of us have some reason to be thankful.

No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 TLB

No matter what happens, always give thanks. We can do this. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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