Today's Scripture Colossians 3:17

17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Gratitude isn’t just a one-time event that rolls around every November; it’s a lifestyle, a deliberate choice to focus on the blessings in our lives rather than on our circumstances. When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, he was encouraging a group of people who were under significant persecution. His instruction was to give thanks “in all circumstances,” not just when things are going our way.

By adopting a posture of gratitude, we create an environment where our hearts can genuinely prepare for Thanksgiving and where God’s grace can work most freely in us. This shift in perspective can be a powerful catalyst for spiritual and emotional transformation. It takes courage to be grateful when things are tough, but it’s in those moments that our faith is built up, and we grow closer to God.

During this Thanksgiving Week, challenge yourself to give thanks in all circumstances. Pick one difficult situation you’re facing and identify at least one reason to be thankful within that circumstance. By doing so, you’re actively preparing your heart to celebrate Thanksgiving in the truest sense.