Psalm 136:1: “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

I Thessalonians 5:18: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus

concerning you.”

Philippians 4:11b: “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

On Thursday, November 26, Americans will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

It is good for the nation to set aside a day to give thanks to the Lord. As believers, however, we know that we are called upon to be thankful in all circumstances. In difficult seasons, it can be challenging to maintain an attitude of thankfulness. Many believers may not be able to maintain this attitude in our own strength. The good news is that we don’t have to; we can pray to the Lord and ask Him to help us maintain a spirit of thankfulness.

We can give thanks for so many things on this Thanksgiving holiday. Here are a few:

  • Our lives;
  • The Lord’s provision for our daily needs of food, clothing and shelter;
  • Our families;
  • Our brothers and sisters in Christ;
  • Our pastors and church leaders;
  • The Bible, which teaches us, encourages us, and points us to the one true God;
  • Our struggles and challenges, which remind us that we are not self-sufficient, but are in need of a Savior and of the encouragement and support of our fellow believers; and
  • The incredible sacrifice Christ made on the cross, so that sinful humanity could be redeemed and united with God the Father.

Friends, we are richly blessed. Let’s remember that, both on November 26 and every day.