One thing that I believe everyone will do, even if they don't do it often, is give thanks. Everyone will pause, even for a brief moment, take stock of their life and be grateful.
Many will show their gratitude through volunteering at soup kitchens, their church, and homeless shelters to ensure that those that don't have much, can have a Thanksgiving meal along with the rest of the nation. I have found that those that receive these acts of kindness are usually more grateful for what they have, as little as it may be, than those who have more than enough. They teach us what the Apostle Paul says:
"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."(Philippians 4:11, 12 NIV)
Though currently my circumstances may lean toward being in want according to western standards, I still know that I am abounding in plenty compared to 80% of the world and for this I am thankful.
I am thankful for having family and friends in good and bad times.
I am thankful that I don't miss a meal, have a change of clothing for everyday of the week and a roof over my head.
I am thankful for the grace, mercy, and love that God bestows on me.
I am thankful for this opportunity to share with all of you the things I am grateful for.
It is my prayer that we all strive to be thankful "whatever the circumstances" not just one day out of the year, but today and everyday.
Just Around the Corner,