So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for people under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.      Ecclesiastes 8:15 NIV

This week in America we celebrate Thanksgiving. For some, it’s the start of a month-long holiday season. It’s a time to be with family and friends and those whom we hold dearest to us. Many of us will gather together and remember what we’re thankful for while sharing a meal. Others of us will give of our time and resources to help those less fortunate than us so they too can share in the experience. It is my favorite time of year, but for many, it’s a season of loneliness and pain.

I personally enjoy being a part of a community that gives. I’ve been privileged to be with groups that have helped the masses, and I’ve been a party to helping a single person have a good Thanksgiving.

Be thankful for your blessings, remember those less fortunate and give when you can, if not time or money, remember them in your Thanksgiving prayer.

Perhaps you feel like the clouds are always blocking the light and that hope feels a thousand miles away. The sun won’t always shine, but it will shine again. Maybe this season isn’t your favorite, or maybe the pain of the past has left you feeling hopeless. Hope will come again. There is always a reason to be thankful even if it doesn’t seem like it. The air in your lungs gives you a chance.

The Bible says in Psalms 30:5 that “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning“. I hope your joy comes sooner rather than later. I’m rooting for you. I’m praying for you, and even though I don’t know you, I love you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

“O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” -William Shakespeare