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RELIGION COLUMN

From the Pslamists to Garfield, some quotes on offering thanks

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Clay Perkins

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By D. Clay Perkins
Columnist

Monday, November 20, 2017

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” — Psalm 100:4 (The Bible, New International Version)

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and food. It is one of my favorite holidays, a season when each of us can slow down and give thanks. Focusing on what is right helps us enjoy life more.

I challenge you, at some point during the day, to share your thoughts with your family and friends on why you give thanks. Be intentional. Some families have the tradition of a toast. For some, before the meal starts everyone shares one’s blessings or one thing they are thankful for. Our presidents have a tradition of an official Thanksgiving proclamation. So in our homes, with those we love, let’s share our reasons for giving thanks.

Below are some of my favorite scriptures and quotes on the holiday.

* “I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing praises of the name of the Lord Most High.” (Psalm 7:17)

* “We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” (John F. Kennedy)

* “Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

* “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” (Garfield).

* “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.” (Psalm 95:2-3)

* “No one has ever become poor by giving.” (Anne Frank)

* “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” (Ephesians 1:15-16)

* “What if, today, we were grateful for everything?” (Charlie Brown)

* Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34)

* “Not what we say about our blessings but how we use them is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.” (W. T. Purkiser)

Simply share one of the quotes above. Or use one of the quotes as a spring board to express your thoughts on Thanksgiving. When we focus on all that is good (Philippians 4:8-9), life is better. When we speak aloud words of thankfulness to others we find peace.

Stay focused.

Dr. D. Clay Perkins is an adjunct professor at Mid-Atlantic Christian University.

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