The national holiday for giving thanks in the United States of America is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This custom stems from the three-day thanksgiving feast held in the autumn of 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (NKJV)

Giving thanks in everything has taken on new significance for me in the past year, as my life has changed with the inability to walk. This status has resulted in the advancement of my prayer life to an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, my Saviour and Lord.

My prayers may go from requesting daily guidance as to what I say to others, to leading me to those to whom I will speak, while thanking Him for His carrying out these requests.

Then, there are times when I am distraught by the many seemingly overwhelming physical changes that progress as one ages. I fervently ask God for His comfort and peace, which He faithfully provides. It is so amazing to experience how I have become more effective in interfacing with others. Praise God!

Consider this: how often do we thank God for His blessings? We are encouraged to pray without ceasing. A regular time for giving thanks will make a difference in developing a more intimate relationship with God through prayer.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we come to You with thanksgiving and praise for the many powerful blessings that You have given us. Forgive us for those times when we don't thank You enough. Help us to redirect our eyes and our hearts on You afresh. Renew our spirits, and fill us with Your love and peace. We love You and give You all the praise and glory, for You alone are worthy. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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