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The Thanksgiving table is all prepared, decorated with beautiful fall flowers, the nicer china is all in place. This is a festive day, it's Thanksgiving Day!

The turkey is brown and tested done, the dressing is just as everyone always loved. The mash potatoes are being mashed, sweet potatoes have that toasted marshmallow topping, and hot risen rolls are being taken from the oven.

But, as you look around, you see there are only three settings at the Thanksgiving table this year. You could say there was a little sadness at this table, but, God is here so we will rejoice and be glad.

My heart starts to sing: "Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One, give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ His Son. Now let the weak say I am strong, let the poor say I am rich, because of what the Lord has done for us. Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to this Holy One," because we are not alone. Hebrews 13:5.

I can remember when our Thanksgiving table was full. All the family members were there, the middle leaf of the large dining table was put in to accommodate all the extra chairs needed.

What has happened through the years? Where has all the family gone? We have lost so many loved ones, maybe you have too.

Now it's me, my husband, and one of my 6 sisters that grace this large table, really not needed. We could have eaten at the small kitchen table. But, it's Thanksgiving!

So we sit and talk of the bygone days and reminisce of all the many memories of family.

I could say this will be a sad day, but, then I know that God is here and I have many reasons to say:" Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to our Holy One because He's given us Jesus Christ His son. "

Do you know what that means friend? That because God gave us Jesus to die for our sins, and by belief in Him, we will have eternal life, those that have gone on before us in Christ, we will see again. That gives me hope, that lets me say," I am rich when I am poor, I am strong when I am weak. That lets me give thanks with a grateful heart.

I pray you can say that this year also. That no matter what is happening in your journey, you can " Give thanks, with a grateful heart", because God gave His son for our sins. Our past, our present, and praise God! even our future sins. Revelations 3:5 Now! that's worth Giving Thanks with a grateful heart.

Give thanks in ALL Things, God gave us Jesus Christ His son.

For the King and his Kingdom,

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