Colossians 3:15 (Christian Standard Bible)
And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful.
The Pilgrims started a tradition of celebrating God's love and provision when they safely arrived in a new land that gave them freedom of worship. In America, we call that day, November 24th, Thanksgiving Day. The one characteristic that Christians have--even in times of distress and loss--is a thankful heart.
It seems incongruous that in times of stress or trouble one could be thankful. The reason that is possible is a heart and life surrendered to God through His Son, Jesus Christ, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. God leads us as we surrender to the Holy Spirit daily, and sometimes it is through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. In all things, however, Christians give thanks because God through the Holy Spirit is with us--leading us.
This world is not my home--I'm just passing through. And while I'm here, I'm serving the Lord of Lords who happens to be the Creator of the Universe. Now, how could one not be thankful for that?
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!