Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.” This chapter continues with a list of opposites, such as “a time to be born, And a time to die.”
Note, though, that nowhere in the list is “a time to give thanks, and a time to refrain from giving thanks.”
Why not? Truth is, we should always be thankful, regardless of our circumstances. The Apostle Paul wrote that he had “learned in whatever state (he was) to be content” (Philippians 4:11).
Thanksgiving is a special holiday we now celebrate each year. Some of us eat a big meal such as turkey and all the trimmings, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Other folks do well to eat turkey Spam, canned green beans and a piece of hard candy.
Nevertheless, God wants us to be grateful for what we have, like the poor Cratchits in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
What are you thankful for this year? Among many other things, I’m grateful for being able to receive COVID vaccinations and for my good health and the health of others in my family. I thank God for the good doctors in my city. I’m also grateful for friends and family in general. I’m grateful for a good, safe place to live, and for food. Of course, I could go on and on.
In about a month we’ll be celebrating Christmas, when we thank God for the gift of His son, Jesus. As much as possible, I try to pass on His love by giving to the needy and am grateful I have money and possessions enough to share.
Will we be thankful for any Christmas gifts we receive, even if it’s a gift of fruitcake, a way-too-large ugly sweater or an obviously regifted trashy trinket? Will we remember that it’s the thought that counts? And try to be thoughtful when we give?
Let’s always be grateful for what we have. Happy Thanksgiving to you all! And God bless you, everyone.
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.
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