I love Thanksgiving and the family warmth and historic importance of the day. As followers of Christ, of course we need to be thankful every day, even when our lives are in
turmoil. Recall that I Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

If we take God at His Word, we are thankful even in suffering. In dark times, we can be still thankful that: we are joint heirs with Jesus; we have the mind of Christ; God will never leave or forsake us; and so much more.

The Liberty Bible Commentary tells us there is a specific mindset for Christians that should be a part of our daily attitude. It reads, “Paul encourages our positive attitudes: a continual joy, or looking for positive possibilities in every situation, persistent prayer and  Thanksgiving. These are the things which are in accord with God’s will for the Christian.”

And so, thanksgiving is not dependent upon our situation. We, as believers, exist in order to: (1) give God thanks and praise and (2) to serve Him with faithfulness because He has been so gracious to us. This a perfect picture of the Pilgrims and we continue to honor them today for their spirit of freedom and their pursuit of godliness. I pray God’s blessings on you and your family on this Thanksgiving.

Your friend in Christ,


Jonathan Falwell