1 Chronicles 16:34: "O give thanks unto the LORD: for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever."
Thanksgiving is a holiday that is celebrated in the United States of America to commemorate when the Pilgrims and the natives of our land got together to show their thankfulness for their new land and the togetherness of everyone. It is traditionally celebrated in November of each year. The Thanksgiving feast was their way of thanking God for all that he had given them.
Giving thanks is how we respond to God's goodness in our lives and the gratitude that we feel within the depths of our heart. This depth can some-times be compared to a deep well that we keep filling up over and over again and sharing with others. This giving can be brought about by the ups and downs, the good and the bad, and the hope and desperation that life has to offer us. The hard times in life that seem to be insurmountable are the ones that make us stronger and encourage us to enlarge our faith in God who will never forsake you or leave you. The more we give, the more we receive. Giving of yourself to others and not wanting compensation for it is truly a blessing to all concerned. Too many people are concerned with what they can get out of a situation instead of what great satisfaction they can get from giving. Giving may make a person more gracious, full of gratitude, humble, greater satisfaction to all concerned, and most of all more loving for your fellow man and God. In this way we are showing the joy of giving and showing our thanks for all that God has given us. We make the choice in the face of adversity as to how we are going to react and having the faith to realize that it IS more blessed to give than to receive.
There is not only the giving of material things but also the giving of your time, your energy, and your love. This increases your faith and that of those around you. Every one of us will play an important part in other’s lives, whether we realize it or not. Even giving a smile to others will brighten someone's day as well as your own. Give of yourself to others from your heart and it will come back to you in so many ways. Be thankful and giving every day - we have so much to be thankful for!!
Love and Light ~