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It's been a very hard year for us because of the economic downturn, and to be honest, it would be hypocritical of us to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. When you don't have anything to be thankful for, how can you claim to be celebrating it without being a liar?


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Let me ask you a question: Can you think of anything — anything at all — for which you can be thankful? Your health? Your family? Your freedoms in this nation? Even something small that you might not normally think of? Take a blank sheet of paper and write down everything you can — and I think you’ll be surprised how many good things you’ll recall.

Yes, your problems are real, and I’m not asking you to pretend they aren’t. But take a moment to realize what has happened: You have let your problems block out everything else in your life — including many things for which you should be thankful. You are like the man who put his hand in front of his eyes, and then claimed the world had disappeared!

This Thanksgiving, ask God to help you set aside the bad things that have happened this year, and focus instead on the good things He’s given you. The Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

But let me challenge you also to discover an even greater reason for you to be thankful — and that is the gift of salvation God offers you in His Son. When we know Christ, we have hope — hope for our lives today, and hope for eternity. Let this be the greatest Thanksgiving you have ever celebrated, by turning to Jesus Christ and inviting Him into your life today.

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  1. Kit says:

    Amen and Amen!!! How easy it is to let the blessings of God get overshadowed. Thank you Billy Graham and all the people here who so faithfully hold fast to the blessings of the Lord.

  2. Patty says:

    I'm just thankful to be thankful and I can say this because I know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

  3. Jeff says:

    Suffering is something no one wants or chooses to do but when we suffer we can be content in Christ by “deciding” to be thankful. Being content is a personal decision that is not dictated by our circumstances.

  4. Karen says:

    I find thanking God for things like a beautiful sunset, a car that is very dependable, good health, getting to work on time when I thought I might be late- when I do this all day, I feel much happier. All good things come from God!

  5. Paul says:

    Rev. Billy Graham. This nation and many other nations all over the world have to give thanks to The Lord for your life as Evangelist. You have been a faithful servant. We love you in Christ. Rev. Paul Ribeiro

  6. Mary says:

    I am Thankful for your comments in these hard days. The word of God is always encouraging. We are a child of the King, the one who owns it all. I read these comments often and am so encouraged by them.

  7. Rich says:

    When this godless world and the fruit of it knocks on my door, I know within that there is nothing that will be able to separate me from the Love of God. I say hush to self in adversity and yes to the blessing we have been blessed with in Christ.

  8. Scott says:

    I always remember this saying”If I have a roof over my head, change on my dresser, a checking acct. and a car in the drive way, I am in the TOP 5 in the World”.

  9. Ann says:

    Amen. When I have been discouraged, I turn to the Lord Jesus with a thankful heart…thankful that he has rescued me from the pit of sin, a husband who loves God and loves me, two boys and their wives, a home and healing and life.

  10. Rae says:

    I have some things to be thankful for, I wrote up this morning and I knew who I was, who I belong to. I also can move without pain, I can wash, feed and cloth myself. And I also am thankful for my 73 years. I have a place to stay food, clothing and transportation. I have family who love me and I love back. Praise God I'm thankful.