1 Chronicles 16:8-9 (NLT)
8 Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.
9 Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.

The above verses are from a song of thanksgiving written by David. The Arc of the Covenant was returned to Jerusalem and there was great celebration because of its return. David encouraged others to give thanks to the Lord and sing praises about the wonderful things God had done.

Many churches, such as the one I attend, have ministries to help the homeless. Every Thursday evening our church takes a bus load of people downtown. Their purpose is to setup a temporary spot where the homeless can gather, listen to a sermon of encouragement, eat a warm meal and enjoy songs of praise.

The meals are usually simple - there are hot dogs, warn beans along with coffee, hot chocolate or tea. Local area stores often donate loafs of bread, donuts, and personal hygiene items to hand out. The homeless who come appreciate these items and are very thankful for what they receive. Many will take a loaf of bread with them to help them through the week stave off some of their hunger.

Most of us take for granted what we have. We have warm homes to come home to. We eat out or fix nice meals at home. Yet, the homeless who attend these meetings are thankful for the simple things they receive. On cold nights passes to a local shelter are handed out so these people have a warm place to go, but many will still sleep on the streets.

As our celebration of Thanksgiving approaches take time to give God thanks for all you have. Give God praise that you are blessed even with the simple things in life. Let others know what God has done for you and sing His praises.