Thanksgiving is not just one day

Published 3:37 pm Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thanksgiving is a special day, but thanksgiving is for every day. As the Apostle Paul once wrote: “… giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything…” (Ephesians 5:20)

One of my favorite Peanuts comic strips describes an encounter between Lucy and her brother Linus a few days before Thanksgiving. Lucy’ was feeling sorry for herself, lamenting: “My life is a drag. I’m completely fed up. I’ve never felt so low in my life.”

Her little brother Linus tried to console her, telling her: “Lucy, when you’re in a mood like this, you should try to think of things you have to be thankful for. You should count your blessings.”

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With her typical cynicism Lucy replied: “Ha! That’s a good one! I could count my blessings on one finger! I’ve never had anything, and I never will have anything. I don’t get half the breaks that other people do. Nothing ever goes right for me! And you talk about counting blessings! You talk about being thankful! What do I have to be thankful for?”