Thankfulness in Times of Trouble
Thanksgiving is a time for food celebration and fun. Every year
on Thanksgiving, families gather around the table to enjoy a
meal and give thanks. But for some folks, Thanksgiving can be a
lonely time. Many adults spend the holidays feeling isolated and
depressed. In the wake of Katrina's aftermath, this will be the
first holiday for many without relatives and friends. In
addition many families may be experiencing financial strains.
Today as we celebrate this Thanksgiving, it is important to
remember that it's about more than being thankful for one day,
it is an entire lifetime. Today is the day to be thankful for
all the things in your life, no matter how big they are, or how
small. Even in our deepest sorrow, we can find things to be
Holidays bring out emotional pain. This time of year can be
difficult for any one who has suffered a loss. Should you be
missing loved ones this holiday, rejoice in the knowledge that
they are with God. Don't push yourself today; allow yourself
that time to grieve.
For those who may be feeling depressed this Thanksgiving
holiday, open your heart to giving. Helping other people in need
is a wonderful way to celebrate the day and may make you feel
less alone. Check out communities in your area that may need
volunteers during the holidays- example soup kitchens, shelters,
hospitals or reach out to your local church.
Life is full of unexpected changes. Death is very much apart of
life. Whatever you do today, don't cover up your feelings of
depression and isolation. Own up to those feelings and know that
you're not alone. Somewhere today, someone is feeling the same
way that you are.
Today on this Thanksgiving Day please remember, though the
harvest might not always be plentiful, family and friends may be
few, God has given us each a great deal to be thankful for. My
experience is that, it is much easier to thank God for our
blessing than to find a way to be thankful in the midst of our
I'm thankful that I have the strength to meet the challenges
that come with life. I'm thankful for each memory that family
and friends have given me. I'm thankful for having a profound
understanding that it is more important to give than to receive.
This Thanksgiving I have much to be thankful for.
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the
true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser
Today be thankful for what you have to give, not just what you