Let us be thankful for all things I can hardly believe how fast the seasons are passing. The beautiful autumn leaves are about gone and the holidays are fast approaching us. A time for being thankful for all God’s blessings. I have so many things to be thankful for each day that I live. All I have to do is look around me; the beauty of God’s creation and the joy of my family. The heartwarming smiles and special times that I share with my precious grandchildren. God is so good. Then my thoughts turn to other things that greatly concern me. I have brothers that are suffering with cancer that can’t be stopped. Children that are going through difficult circumstances, and friends that tell me they can’t find anything to be thankful for anymore, because the cares and heartaches of this life have sifted them of their joy. How can we have thankful, contented hearts when the circumstances in our lives are not what we had planned and when they lie outside our control or our power to change? Let’s look at our alternatives. If we are not thankful, we become bitter and angry with God: we feel he is not providing what we “rightfully” deserve. If we are not content we become rebellious and complaining. Underlying these complaints and questions lie two errors in our thinking: that God is not trustworthy and that he does not desire our good: when we compare these conclusions with scripture, we discover how wrong we are: God’s Word instructs us that God is sovereignly in our control, providing for and working out all the circumstances in the lives of those who love him and whom he has called (Romans 8:28) “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God.” He is intimately involved with us; he works out his purposes through the events in our lives so that we may be conformed to the image of his Son. (Colossians 2:6-7) “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Jesus Christ is the head over every power and authority, and he is more powerful than sorrow, gloom, fear, insecurity, sickness and the need for approval in your life. “Find your personhood in the Lord Jesus and Thank Him for giving you fullness in him.” (I Thessalonians 5:18) Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. The Bible contains so many scriptures that remind us to be thankful. The Pslams speak of praise and Thanksgiving. (Colossians 3:15) “and let the peace of God rule in your hearts, and be ye thankful.” (Daniel 6:10) “Daniel kneeled upon his knees three times a day and prayed, and gave thanks before his God.” (Matthew 26:27) “Jesus took the cup, and gave thanks and gave it to them saying drink ye all of it, For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for the remission of sins.” Again in (Mark 8:6) “Jesus took the seven loaves and gave thanks, and brake, giving to his disciples to feed all the people.” (Psalm 95:2) “Let us come before his presence with Thanksgiving. I can’t contain them all.” I love fellowship- I love to be with my immediate family to enjoy the holidays and special times together. I also enjoy worship and fellowship with my church family. The seniors, The Prime Timers as they are called, in our church recently took a trip to Cades Cove together. It was a beautiful day and a time of wonderful fellowship as we enjoyed the beauty of nature at the cove. Our day was spent together sharing fun and laughter, a picnic lunch and singing on the bus coming back that evening. Also Brother Ed Smiddy treating us all with a big ice cream cone. Thank God for all the wonderful ways he blesses us. (Hebrews 10:25) “Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” We have much to be thankful for; however we must not forget to pray for those who are going through troublesome times and can’t feel as thankful as some of us. Remember our military families and our nation. Uphold our president in prayer for the many important decisions that have to be made for the good of our country and its people. We have much to pray about and much to be thankful for. We have further reason to praise him. The same God who formed the world in six days, also sent his Son to die on the cross to redeem us for our sins. God’s love is steadfast. Now that reason to be most thankful, and to serve him with unhesitating hearts. Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving from my heart.