“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”  (Colossians 3:15, NKJV)

The word we translate as “thanks” is used more than 40 times in the New Testament. (And that does not include variants of that word, such as “thanksgiving,” and “gratitude.”)

We have so much for which to be thankful, yet even the children of God are admonished (as Paul did to the Christians in Colosse) to be thankful.  I wonder whether it is because — like it or not — it seems to be our nature to focus on the few things we lack, instead of the many things we have.

As a nation, a day in November is set-aside for giving thanks.  As the children of the living God, we are invited to make every day “Thanksgiving Day.”  Is there a dearth of evidence of God’s goodness?  – Luther

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  1. Madi says:

    Thank you, Chuck, for these daily words of encouragement. This year, around Easter, I was grocery shopping. was chatting with one of the clerks and when I was getting ready to leave she said “happy Thanksgiving.” She laughed, out of embarrassment for what seemed to be a gaff. I responded, how appropriate; Easter is a happy Thanksgiving event. We high five’d each other, as we both understood the significance of what might have been perceived to be a slip of the tongue when, in actuality, it was profound truth. Especially at Easter, we who have been adopted into God’s family, are deeply thankful!

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