Have you ever seperated this word into 2 words? This holiday is meant to be about giving thanks for all of our life's blessings but there is a second, just as important part. Giving. We are to give to others too. Both thanks and giving are forms of praise to God and awesome ways to draw closer to Him in our daily life. You can give in more ways than just monetary. You can give of your time, you can give of your resources, and you can even give of your love and kindness. I want to challenge you (and myself) to not only be thankful this Thanksgiving, but to give as well.
Proverbs 21:26b says "the righteous give without sparing."
Matthew 10:8 says "Freely you have recieved, freely give."
Romans 12:8 says "if it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously."
2 Corinthians 9: 7 says "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver!!"
So let's GIVE and GIVE THANKS this holiday week! Be blessed!