Scriptures: Ephesians 5:19-20, Philippians 4:4
There is a place of the soul called the land of shadows. Grief or loss can cover our spirit with darkness. A shadow can also come from having an attitude that says: "I have no one or nothing to be thankful for." A shadow can form around us when we are constantly complaining or have a critical spirit. A soul shadow can come from carelessness: never truly considering all the things we should be thanking God for in our lives. Imagine if the stars came out once per year: we would make all the effort in the world to see them on that night, we would cherish their appearance. We take them for granted now and barely notice their existence, but what if suddenly they were no longer there?
Thanksgiving should be expressed. God appreciates our thanksgiving! Are we giving thanks always? Are we thankful for a sink full of dishes, because it meant we had food to eat and a house to clean them in. We should be thankful in prayer and praise, in offering forgiveness and when given the opportunity to do something for the church.
Thanksgiving will expand our vision. We have so much to be thankful for each and every day. The Bible reminds us to: "Not to forget all God's benefits." Thanksgiving is expected; it is the mark of a growing, giving and glowing Christian. It's time to try thanksgiving! Thank God for your blessings before they are gone. Thanksgiving drives away the shadows and lets the light in. "Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, rejoice." Rejoice means to express thanksgiving: it will remind you of what is really valuable in life. Thanksgiving will give you your glow back.