THE WORD: In everything give thanks

“The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth” (1914) by Jennie A. Brownscombe is a painting in the collection of the Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Mass.

We celebrate Thanksgiving this week, and though our nation is still facing challenges, we have much to be thankful for. Since the dawn of our nation, we have suffered hardships but expressed our gratitude for the blessings we have received.

In his first proclamation celebrating Thanksgiving, President George Washington called it “the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”

In all circumstances, we should give thanks. As we gather with family and friends to celebrate — with traditions, comforts and feasts — we can all be thankful for what we have as citizens of the United States and residents of the Old North State.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Rejoice evermore.17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.