Thanksgiving 2020

NOVEMBER 26TH, 2020      |      Thanksgiving as we know it certainly will be different this year of 2020. Everything has changed. No Macy’s parade, football games without fans, and shopping in huge crowds on Black Friday probably will not take place. All the traditions will be different. This is the worldly view of Thanksgiving, but what about being thankful for what we do have this year? Whatever it may be, thankfulness should be part of our Christian walk. Thankfulness should be a way of life for Christians. 

We serve a wonderful God who sent His only Son to die for us. That is something to be very thankful for. Even if we are struggling, a simple behavior of gratitude can joyfully impact aspects of our lives. Author William Arthur Ward said, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

Gratitude can transform us from having a negative outlook to giving us a renewed sense of purpose and joy. There is a difference between thankfulness and gratitude. Thankfulness is in the moment, but gratitude is lasting. Remember that being thankful or grateful is not just something reserved only for Thanksgiving, it should be part of every day.

Thanksgiving 2020

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

–1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

–1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV

Thanksgiving as we know it certainly will be different this year of 2020. Everything has changed. No Macy’s parade, football games without fans, and shopping in huge crowds on Black Friday probably will not take place. All the traditions will be different. This is the worldly view of Thanksgiving, but what about being thankful for what we do have this year? Whatever it may be, thankfulness should be part of our Christian walk. Thankfulness should be a way of life for Christians. 

We serve a wonderful God who sent His only Son to die for us. That is something to be very thankful for. Even if we are struggling, a simple behavior of gratitude can joyfully impact aspects of our lives. Author William Arthur Ward said, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

Gratitude can transform us from having a negative outlook to giving us a renewed sense of purpose and joy. There is a difference between thankfulness and gratitude. Thankfulness is in the moment, but gratitude is lasting. Remember that being thankful or grateful is not just something reserved only for Thanksgiving, it should be part of every day.

Even in hard times thank God for what you do have.

May your heart be filled with gratitude as you reflect on the goodness of God.

Rosemary Valentino
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