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THE RELIGION CORNER: Thanksgiving a Time for Family

Here in the United States, nearly 50 million people will travel to be with family and friends on Thanksgiving, a holiday when we all sit down to eat a scrumptious meal, usually with all of our favorite foods. However, it is my intent to remind each of us to be thankful for the quality of life the Lord has given us.

Do we have good health? Are our families financially solvent? Do we have a roof over our heads? Finally, are we giving to someone who may be less fortunate than us?

If we are giving thanks this week for being able to walk, talk, bathe and feed ourselves, then we are not taking these things for granted.

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite. The food is incredible, the family gatherings are always fun, and the football games are plentiful. I can’t think of a better way to spend a long weekend.

But Thanksgiving is much more than an American holiday. It is a condition of the heart. It is a sacrifice of the soul. It is a lifestyle choice.

If you need a little encouragement for Thanksgiving, here are some choice Bible verses:

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. — Psalms 107:1-2 (KJV)

This is one of my favorite verses about Thanksgiving because it goes beyond telling us to be thankful. We are instructed to say so, which is something, I think, we often forget to do.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. — Psalms 9:1 (NIV)

So when we say so, what are we supposed to say? We are supposed to tell of all of God’s wonderful deeds and all He has done for us. We are to never be shy about sharing the goodness of our Lord. As we share of his goodness and mercy, we draw others unto Him. They begin to wonder if maybe they should come back to church so they can get some of that joy you are showing everywhere you go!

They want to be blessed, and going down their current road, they know that they are not connected to any religion at all. They are beginning to feel sorrowful for the lifestyle they are living, and they want to do better. Does this sound like you? If yes, you can definitely change your life right this very minute.

How do you do this? You bow your head and ask the Lord to forgive you of all of your sins. Ask Him to order your steps, to lead, guide and direct you. His Word is definitely true, what he has done for others, He will surely do for you, just have faith and believe! It all begins when you begin to feel thankful for everything in your life, even those things that don’t feel so good. Romans 8:28 says, “And I know that all things work together for good to them who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose.”

When you read this Scripture, it will help you to know that even those things that happen in your life that feels horrible, are for your good. It is when God is molding you into the person He needs you to become.

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, email lyndiagrant@gmail.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

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A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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