Historically, Thanksgiving Day is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. Although primarily celebrated in Canada and the United States, counting your blessings is a universally important practice. Thanksgiving is now primarily identified as a secular holiday, while it’s origins are religious in nature.
In the New Testament, Paul writes to the Church of Thessalonica saying, “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” This church in particular was a working church; one that enjoyed benevolence. This spirit of charity came easily even amidst great poverty and persecution. They were able to keep a thankful attitude and maintain high levels of faith, hope and love even while their circumstances seemed grim.
Our country is currently facing economic hardships, devastating job loss, and the American morale is down. Turn on any news channel and you will see doom and gloom. The delivery of bad news is the job of the media. They are quick to jump on theft and murder stories, pushing aside the stories of personal triumph and community that make a difference. The practice of paying attention to current events is perfectly healthy and necessary for us to be well-informed citizens. However, one needs to balance the delivery of local, state, national and global news with what is happening in your own life.
For the next week, set aside time to take stock in your life. If you are one that is quick to list the negatives, just quit it! The fact that you can read this is a blessing; 26 percent of the world’s adult population is illiterate (Summer Institute of Linguistics). “When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself,” Tecumseh Shawnee Chief.
In celebration of Thanksgiving, the song Thank God For These Little Blessings, is being offered as a free download. This bluegrass inspired song chronicles the messy yet adorable relationship parents have with their children. This particular song honors hard working parents that manage to smile and love their little ones, even after the walls are a new Crayola shade of green. Feel free to share this freebie with a friend. It will be available as a free download until December. Enjoy!!
Thank God For These Little Blessings FREE DOWNLOAD
by: Frank Michels & Debra Gordon
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