A thought to ponder, is that this holiday, and those to soon follow, can consist of wonderful times and make good memories, depending a great deal on our attitude. It shouldn't have to be said, but may our Thanksgiving be a time of truly giving thanks. Let us remember the blessings of the Lord that have been bestowed on us in this land in which we live. Someone has said, "Gratitude consist of being more aware of what you have, than what you don't." Paul's words in Philippians 4:4-7 remind us of things that give great encouragement to our hearts. He says, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in christ Jesus."
Let us remember that before these occasions, and the trips, and the meals, and all the traditions that are planned, the most important thing to prepare is ourselves, our attitudes, our hearts before our God. The things mentioned here by Paul are a good place to start. Joy, patience, acknowledging the Lord's presence, lack of worry, thankful prayers, and the peace of God. All good things to be sure!
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