With Thanksgiving Day behind us, we know that the 2017 holiday season has now officially arrived. For some, this is truly the most wonderful time of year, but for others the season can be less than merry and bright. In all, the holidays can be a mix of fun, crazy, blessed, stressful, and downright amazing times.
Although it is sometimes difficult for adults to describe exactly how we feel about holidays, just leave it to kids to sum it all up for us. Recently, I ran across the responses of some elementary students who were asked to share what they were most thankful for this year. Here is what they had to say:
◦ “I’m thankful for this country, my family, and for Jesus.” — Peyton, age 8
Well said, kids! Life can certainly be a blend of laughter and tears, joy and pain. Even though our circumstances may change from one season to the next, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 urges us to give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. In good times and in bad, giving thanks honors God, encourages others, and strengthens our own faith.
This year, if you are staying at home to preserve a long-standing family tradition, give thanks. If you are on the road to discover new adventures and make new memories, give thanks. When you’re stuck in traffic or standing in long lines at the store, give thanks. When you find yourself surrounded by a crowd of friends and family members or all alone in a quiet place, give thanks. In everything give thanks because the truth is that we really do have so many reasons to be thankful!