If I had to list all the people, things, and events for which I am grateful, I’ll be here all day. Some days, we focus only on our lacks or regrets or flaws or sufferings, but after years of chronic illness and cycles of depression, I find that if I can push away the complaints and whines and self-pity and give thanks for what I DO have and HAVE HAD and WILL HAVE in the kingdom to come, it helps. Giving thanks offers a better perspective for the day, so I like to start and end the day, routinely, with thanksgiving. Not just on the last Thursday of November.
For me, this is THE verse for Thanksgiving Day, and though it is a nigh impossible command (“in everything!?”), I leave you with it and hope your time with family, friends, or whomever with and however you spend it is joyful and full of gratitude:
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NASB)
… in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.