Each year during the last week of November Americans take a day out of their busy schedule to come together with family and friends to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and think of the many things that they are thankful for.
The first thing that people can be thankful for is how God helped them get through another year that was full of many problems.
Many people can also be thankful for the loving support of their family and friends that helped them get through some of the many problems that they went through during the last year.
Some people can be thankful that they are still relatively free to come together to have their traditional Thanksgiving dinner and have fun sharing experiences without direct governmental control like some countries experience.
Some people can also be thankful that they live in a relatively free country that allows them to earn and spend money the way that they want to without direct governmental surveillance and control like what happens in some countries of the world.
Christians can be thankful for the ability to worship God in Christian worship services in the Christian Church of their choice free from the governmental persecution which Christians in some countries of the world experience.
Christians can also be thankful to God for the ability to have a close relationship with God because that was made possible when Jesus Christ completed God’s redemptive program when He died on the cross and was raised from the dead.
When people ask Jesus Christ to become their personal Savior and spiritually apply His sacrificial atonement on the cross to their lives, then God makes them His new creation as a member of His spiritual kingdom of spiritual light.
As Christians read their Bible and talk to God in prayer about their problems, they can develop a close relationship with God that will help them overcome the many problems that they will experience during the rest of their journey of life on earth.
As some people are thinking of the many things that they are thankful for during the Thanksgiving holiday, they can show their appreciation for the way that God has helped them get through the struggles of the past year by being God’s hands extended to help some people who are struggling to feed their family, pay their rent, or pay their power bills.
As they are doing those things they can tell them that just as God met their big need of having a close relationship with Him by having Jesus complete God’s redemptive plan; then they can meet their needs and show God’s love for them in the gifts they are giving them.
The more Christians show their appreciation for what God has done for them by showing needy people God’s love for them by helping them with some of their problems, the more Christians will become great beacons of the light of God’s spiritual kingdom in the midst of the many kinds of darkness in our modern world. As some people see that light they can follow it and come out of their darkness and into the light of God’s spiritual kingdom by accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.