Thanksgiving is one week away here in the U. S. Many of us will be celebrating with friends and family. It is a joyous occasion and a chance to reflect and be thankful for all we have. We also need to acknowledge there are many people who do not have family of friends to celebrate with. Perhaps they are miles away, are estranged or deceased.
Deuteronomy 15:11 ESV
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
There are many people that are homeless, in nursing homes, hospitals, have jobs that require them to work on Thanksgiving Day, children in foster care or orphanages. Wouldn’t it be great if each one of us could contribute in some way to a person less fortunate than we are. Perhaps something as simple as inviting someone to join your family for Thanksgiving dinner or taking a meal to someone who is home bound, visiting someone at a nursing home or hospital. Some of us are going to feed the homeless at shelters, churches, etc. If everyone who is fortunate enough to have family and friends to share the holiday with could contribute in some way to those who are less fortunate then no one would have to spend Thanksgiving alone and lonely. If you don’t know how to help you can contact your local Salvation Army, churches, nursing home, hospital, battered woman’s shelter, etc.
Act 20:35 ESV
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.
The best thing that happens when we reach out to others is the joy we get to witness in their eyes and the overwhelming feeling of love we feel ourselves from reaching out and helping someone in need. I can think of no better way to show our gratitude and thankfulness than to help another!
1 John 4:7-8 ESV
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.