“Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God.” – Ecclesiastes 5:18-19
This Thanksgiving will be different for many people. The company around the table may be different. The meal may be different. The familiarity of tradition may have been shaken. The means of providing the meal may be different. The pandemic has changed priorities for many people, in addition to its direct impacts. Many are viewing their daily toil differently. Some are less satisfied with their jobs, some have retired, some have quit for something different, some have few attractive options. Much has changed.
As the Preacher says in the verses above, even those with jobs and possessions find it difficult to truly enjoy them. It is “good and fitting”, but it is also “the gift of God” to find joy in the now instead of chasing something we don’t already have. It does not come naturally.
Therefore, focus on the Giver behind the gifts you have, and seek contentment with thankfulness that He has provided everything you need. Now and in eternity. You are in good company.