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25 November 2013
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The first Thanksgiving was celebrated after a successful harvest, and this tradition has evolved over the years.  Modern day Thanksgiving is a time of gathering with family and friends, and watching football.  We are instructed in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 to, “Be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  Thanksgiving or gratitude should be expressed every day and in every circumstance, not just on Thanksgiving Day.  It is so easy to forget to be thankful and have gratitude for what God is doing in our lives.  When our days are good, how easily praises to God come flowing out?  However, when trials come, we’re often prone to focus so much on our circumstances, that we neglect being thankful for the many blessings that we do have.  Celebrating Thanksgiving Day with family and friends can be a joyous yet stressful time.  Regardless, let’s be thankful for a time to gather with our loved ones and give thanks for God, life, family, friends, and all that God is doing in us and through us.  So, let’s celebrate Thanksgiving with gratitude.  Most importantly, let’s be thankful for Jesus Christ as our Savior and our Redeemer.  I want to encourage everyone to count their blessings regardless of their circumstances and think about what they are truly thankful for.

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