Although we already have a holiday created specifically for remembrance and giving thanks, Christmas is perhaps the time of year in which we should be most thankful, remembering that we were given so much, despite our unworthiness.

Most of us were simply born, gifted life without any free choice or influence of opinion, into a country where even the poorest of its citizens are considered wealthy in most of the rest of the world.

In this spirit, be thankful for what most of us have, which so many do not: a roof to protect us, food to feed us, clothing to keep us warm, family and friends to support us, soldiers to defend us, and the hand of Providence to guide us.

But the other half of giving thanks is showing gratitude.  Remembering our many Blessings and vast comparative wealth, we should thrive in the spirit of giving and remember those who are not so fortunate, both in our country and abroad.

Demonstrate your gratefulness by providing shelter to someone in need, giving food to someone hungry, donating old clothes to someone cold, sharing time in friendship with someone lonely, defending your brother, donating your time, loving your neighbor, and sharing your faith with someone lost.

“For unto whoever much is given, much is expected.” Luke 12:48.

We are all blessed with more than we realize or deserve; this Christmas, our appreciation should not only be for what we have been given, but for what we are also able to give.

May God Bless you all this Christmas!

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