I love this time of year, when we pause to intentionally give thanks to the Lord for all of his blessings. How blessed we are that our federal government calls us to give thanks to the Lord for the harvest and appoints a holiday for that purpose. But no matter the season or circumstances, we’re called to be thankful. As we read in Colossians 3:15 NIV: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful” (emphasis added). Indeed, giving thanks to God is a basic Christian attitude and practice. So allow me to give my own short testimony of thanksgiving. Here are a few things that I’m thankful for: (again) for a Canadian government that calls us to thank God for the harvest; for my wife and family; for the privilege of shepherding a local church; for supportive leaders and loving brothers and sisters at my local church; for spiritual mentors in person and through writing; for gardens and fresh produce; for recreational activities and hobbies; for new life in Christ! So what are you thankful for this year? Whatever it is, I encourage you to express your thanks to God and others for all of his blessings–given to us through Jesus Christ our Lord.