IMG_1131This Thanksgiving week, there is much to be thankful for.

But then again, isn’t that true any week of the year?

Thanksgiving is a choice; it’s a perspective. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 is a short and powerful verse to memorize and practice:

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

You don’t have to be thankful for bad circumstances.  But you can be thankful through them.  Look for the things that are good in the storm.

Here’s a tiny example of being thankful even among life’s nuisances.  I was at Walmart returning something, and the clerk said, “You know, your driver’s license is expired.”

“What?” I (the rules keeper) exclaimed.

It was true.  I must have missed the renewal in the mail and I was driving around town with an expired license.  What an inconvenience to go to DMV and take the test, etc. etc.

But as I thought about it, I was so thankful that the clerk had discovered that.  I’m flying out of town in the next few weeks, and can you imagine the inconvenience of being told at the airport, “Lady, your driver’s license is expired.”

Now that would be a problem!

Each day, you can be FULL of thanks for something.

For something you have, or don’t have.

For someone in your home, or for someone who is spreading their wings.

For something you ate, or you didn’t eat.

For things gained, or for things lost.

Be full of thanks…being thank-full will make your holiday reflect the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving to you dear friends!

Arlene Pellicane

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