Posted by Mary Ann Cieslak

It’s that time of year again.  As Thanksgiving approaches, we make plans to gather together with family and friends and enjoy a feast.  As we gather for the meal, we will stop and give thanks for all that we have.  We thank God for the food, for the people in our lives, for the many blessings He has poured out on us over the past year.  This is good.  It is right for us to give thanks and praise to God for the many blessings He brings to us.  But… it can feel as if something were missing?

What about all those who don’t appear to be blessed?  What about those who struggle with illness, poverty, loneliness, and all the other ills of this world?  Why do some people seem to have blessings pour down on them and others seem to be in a constant battle just to survive?  Does God love some people more than others?  Do those who have the outward signs of blessing deserve more than those who do not?  These questions have plagued believers throughout the ages.

I am certainly not going to pretend to know the answer to these questions!  I do know that I am no more worthy than  any other child of God.  I believe that He loves us all and cares for each of us. So it is not enough for me to simply thank God for what I have and move on.  The more I am blessed, the more I have to give.  This isn’t just about money either.  Those blessed with resources can give more, but those blessed with family, health, and the other good things in life, also have more to share with others.

The greatest blessing of all is knowing that we have a Father who knows us and cares about us.  Having someone to whom we can offer our thanks is a blessing in itself! The very things we give thanks for are the things that we are meant to share, and it is in the sharing that we are truly blessed.  So give your thanks to God for the blessings in your life, then share those blessings with others.  That is the best way to live out our Thanks -giving!

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