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If you’re in the United States, you’re probably gearing up to celebrate Thanksgiving, where we symbolically celebrate having plenty by eating until we burst… Yes, I know that’s not the official explanation, but that doesn’t mean it’s not accurate, right, LOL? Seriously, though, this holiday can be wonderful for those who are fortunate enough to be able to afford to eat a good meal, and to have people to share it with… but for those who are less fortunate, the day can be a miserable one.

God wants you to DO something about it! Yes, you should absolutely pray that everyone who is hungry is fed, and everyone who is lonely is brought amongst loved ones, but prayer is not enough:

James 2:14-17 (NIV)
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

In almost every community, joining the fight against hunger is easy; there are many churches and other organizations that collect food or provide meals for the homeless and hungry, and they will welcome whatever donation you are able to make, whether large or small. If you cook or bake, or can afford to purchase pre-made traditional foods, you can take food directly to the homeless yourself. You can also get a really great feeling by working at a soup kitchen or anywhere else that the impoverished are being fed on Thanksgiving. Give someone ELSE something to be thankful for!

But there’s something else that you can provide that’s equally important; a way for someone to be with others rather than alone on our first major holiday of the season. The family member who is kind of a black sheep. The friend that drifted away from, or maybe was pushed out of, your social group. The coworker who you know has no local family and nowhere to go. The neighbor who never has any visitors. Anyone you know who is recently widowed, divorced, or separated, new in town, or for any other reason looking at being alone on Thanksgiving day, is an opportunity for you to serve God’s people and bring Him greater glory; invite these people to join your family for Thanksgiving. It doesn’t matter whether your home and meal will be simple or grand; the difference between invited and not invited is infinite.

God is watching you to see what you will do. Will you make a little extra food, a little extra effort, maybe clean up your house a little bit more, maybe deal with a little bit of awkwardness because of people you don’t know as well… or will you be giving Christian kindness a pass on Thursday? Let’s be a credit to Jesus, and show the non-believers in our lives what it means to be a Christian!

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