Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather cools off, the sweaters go on, the leaves begin to change to their brilliant colors, and we naturally think of things to be thankful for. I love the corn stalks, pumpkins, gourds, scarecrows, mums, bales of hay, and the falling leaves all over all of it! All year round should bring thankfulness to our hearts, but we are unusually drawn there in the fall. Thanksgiving brings good food, gathering together of family and friends, quiet times of fellowship and contemplation, and a slightly slower pace before the Christmas rush begins. It has long been a tradition at our Thanksgiving table to go around the table and state what we are thankful for — my heart always wells up within me at the perceptiveness of our children and grandchildren as they state what comes to their minds. We are thankful for each other, a new ministry, a new brother, good health, needs being met, new life/ministry directions, our church family, precious friends, toys, safety on roads, and so the list goes on . . . and we all realize how good God is to each one of us! May this year be a special time for you to reflect on God’s character and goodness as you give thanks!
In every thing give thanks (I Thessalonians 5:18) [Emphasis mine].