George Washington, the first president of the United States, established the Thanksgiving holiday as a duty to express gratitude to Almighty God. Duty is defined as a moral or legal obligation. But what if you think you have nothing to be thankful for? Or you have experienced great loss that overshadows the blessings at the moment? Or you do not believe you deserve to be blessed by God? Most have experienced extreme joy at some point in their life on Thanksgiving, but for some a life changing event can forever tarnish that joy. The memories are always joyous but the present is painful because of a death, a breakup, an unexpected accident, or pent up anger that bursts forth after years of holding it in. Duty becomes difficult in the face of hurt, frustration, and misery.
The Bible tells us in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” So, this Thanksgiving, whether you are experiencing joy or misery, let us do our duty and express gratitude to Almighty God. Your gratitude will not go unheard by our gracious Father who heals wounds and brings joy back to our hearts.
From a WW student