“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

The holidays, though enjoyable, seem to bring much uninvited stress into our lives. We are overanxious and we hurry about as if there will be no tomorrow.

With dinners to cook, presents to buy, guests on the way and decorations to be hung, we can become overwhelmed.

What do we do to ward off all this anxiety? We put God first. We discipline ourselves to slow down before all the excitement begins and wait in His presence asking for His guidance. His peace then brings to us a perfect sense of well-being.

With the ever-changing events in our world, this year’s holidays may be the prime opportunity to witness to our loved ones of our faith in Christ.

Perhaps this Thanksgiving we need to seize the moment. There is so much uncertainty in the air. We never know what will hit us next. Thanksgiving reminds us of all we have to be grateful for. If we have a home and food on our table, we are rich. The added bonuses of family and friends should fill our hearts with even more joy and gratitude.

So, try not to be in such a hurry, slow down and look into the eyes of the one sitting across from you at the dinner table. It may be that the Lord wants you to speak into their lives. The ones sitting with us are far more important than the food sitting before us.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. I pray our eyes are always open to see the blessings that our Heavenly Father has bestowed upon us.

“Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God. It is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but, richer for having made it.” — A.W Tozer

Sue West is available to speak at churches and home Bible Study groups. Contact her at preacher_west@yahoo.com.sg

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