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Dr. J’s Thought: Grateful Hearts Through Generations: Embracing Thanksgiving's Legacy of Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving to all! 🦃🍗💩 As we gather with our loved ones on this special day, let's pause to reflect and be grateful. What fills your heart with gratitude today? Whether it's the joy of family and friends, the comfort of a home, or the simple blessings of daily life, there's so much to be thankful for. Thanksgiving, a day steeped in history, began as a harvest festival. The Pilgrims, in 1621, shared a meal with the Wampanoag people to celebrate their first successful harvest in the New World. This day has since become a time to express gratitude for the year's blessings and the cherished company of loved ones. Today, let's remember the words of the Psalmist: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name” (Psalm 100:4). This scripture invites us to embrace a spirit of gratitude and praise, reminding us of God's constant presence and unwavering love. Indeed, God is always at work in our lives, tirelessly guiding and protecting us, without pause. In every breath, in every moment of safety and provision, His love is evident. Let us take time to praise Him for the blessings we often take for granted—the air we breathe, the shelter over our heads, the food on our tables, and the love of our families and friends. Even if things aren't as you hoped or planned, still find reasons to offer praise. It's in our continual gratitude, in highs and lows, that we truly express our love for God, appreciating Him for who He is, not just for what He provides. This Thanksgiving, let's uplift our hearts in praise, not just for the tangible blessings but for the endless love and grace that God showers upon us. It's a day to celebrate, to cherish, and to give thanks for all that we have and all that we are—a beloved creation of God, worthy of His sacrifice. May this Thanksgiving fill your heart with joy, your home with laughter, and your life with endless reasons to praise. Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving!

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