Growing up in rural Arkansas during the depression, Thanksgiving was just another day to us. We sometimes had ham and blackeyed peas but nothing fancy. One Thanksgiving Day stands out in my memory. A neighbor had brought us a wild turkey. .....the first turkey we children had ever eaten. ( I have to admit this wild turkey was not to my taste. And to be even more truthful, turkey is still not my choice of Thanksgiving fare. )
This particular Thanksgiving we invited a widow who had even less than we did. We knew that sometimes she did not have enough to eat. She remarked during the meal that she was very thankful for all her blessings and that God had been very good to her. My father asked her how she could say that knowing her circumstances.
Her reply was to quote I Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. I have thought about this over the years... about giving thanks in all the circumstances of my life whether good or bad. This is difficult for me to do but as our widow friend pointed out, the very act of giving thanks can be a blessing.
Give thanks....it is God's will for us.