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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. Twila says:

    I've had a very bad year with the passing of my husband of 45 years in April of 2012. Thank you God for letting me have such a loving man in my life which gave us 2 wonderful sons. Thank you God for being my savior!

  2. Ephrem says:

    “When we know Christ, we have hope — hope for our lives today, and hope for eternity.” Even far greater than hope, i.e., the reality of eternity itself, (John 17:3) on condition that one has firsthand knowledge of Jesus Christ we are shortchanging

  3. Jesulowo says:

    Good afternoon Sir, I thank God Jesus is my Lord and Saviour. This has been 25 years on. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. He heals me, provides for me and has perfected all that concerns me! Praise Jesus-HALLELUJAH!

  4. Delores says:

    When I think on the goodness of my God, all that other stuff is insignificant. I am blessed and I know that I am. Thank you Dr. Graham for being a such a gift to us.

  5. Theresa says:

    This year I am thankful for my faith. I have faith that my mom who passed away in may/2011 is in heaven with God, and that she is not sick anymore. She knows who she is and that all her suffering with Alzheimers is erased from her. Thank you God.

  6. Helen says:

    I have much to be thankful for, a warm home, my church and church family. friends and loved ones. Most of all Forgiveness of sin. Gods Son who came that I have eternal life. What more could one ask for?

  7. Betty says:

    I'm thankful I knew who I was when I got up this morning,Thankful for my family. Thankful for the plan of Salvation.The Lord will never leave or forsake you.Thankful for Billy Graham Ministry.

  8. DUANE says:

    I THANK GOD FOR MANY THINGS BUT WHAT ABOUT THE STUFF WE TAKE FOR GRANTED. THE AIR WE BREATHE THE WATER WE DRINK OUR SIGHT, HEARING, SENSE OF TASTE AND SMELL, SALVATION AND I COULD GO ON AND ON NAMING THINGS THAT MONEY CANT BUY BUT I WON'T. I'LL JUST SAY THANK YOU GOD! PRAISE YOUR NAME! AND EVERY DAY SHOULD BE THANKSGIVING!

  9. helen says:

    I am blessed to have humbled myself to the Lord as I am an alcoholic who didn't know where to turn and I was so sick of my life that I got down on my knees and begged God to help me out of the hell I was in and He did! I am 25 yrs sober! PRAISE GOD!

  10. Marjorie says:

    The most important thing to be thankful for.”God is with us, and for us. He died for us that we might have everlasting life.” Thank you God for giving us your son.