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A Thanksgiving devotional

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It is remarkable how often the Bible speaks about giving thanks. There is one verse that has always impressed me – "give thanks always and for everything to God." (Ephesians 5:20) The Christian life is to be marked by ceaseless thanksgiving. I think this is profound for three reasons. First, it shows that thanksgiving is an orientation of the heart. Rather than complain or grumble about circumstances, which is to give into our self-absorption, we are to continually look upward to God and see his abiding goodness. Second, since we are to give thanks for all things, it means that we see, in faith, the wise and good providence of God, even in our tragedies and suffering. And third, a heart filled with gratitude will produce a life overflowing in praise and adoration, which is the very purpose of our existence. "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)