The Art of Giving Thanks

If you were to ask me what I associate with the word “thanksgiving,” the first image that would pop into my mind is one that involved a delicious meal, family, pies, a crackling fire, fall leaves and darkening days. If you put “thanksgiving” into Google images or Pinterest, you are greeted with visions of script quotes that read “give thanks” surrounded by beautiful autumnal designs. It seems as though November has been marked as the month to give thanks. In reality, this practice should not and cannot be limited to a day or a month; rather, it should be integrated into our daily thoughts, actions and prayers so that “in all circumstances [we] give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes 5:18).

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