1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (KJV)
16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
In these verses the Apostle Paul writes short exhortations that are to direct our lives. First we must learn to rejoice ever so more; for our earthly days are limited and the time we have should not be spent on grievous concerns. We are to look to God for our joy even in the times when the world brings us sorrow. Second we are to pray without ceasing expressing our joy over God�s grace and mercy. The hindrances in our life will seem insignificant as we continue to pray giving thanks for that with which we have been blessed. Third we are to always give thanks for whatever situation comes our way. Even in the times that seem gloomy we should continue to pray and thank God for the good things we have been given.
To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be thankful for all our lives � the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections � that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only truly grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for. Let�s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God. (Henri J. M. Nouwen, Bread for the Journey (HarperOne, 1996), p. 12)

May each of you have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and may you find time to seek God and give thanks for the true blessings you have received.