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She’s a new widow, barely making ends meet and trying to hold her family together. Life has been tough since her husband died unexpectedly. There are bills to pay, a child to put through college, a van to fix, a lawn to mow…and the list goes on.

“I don’t feel like celebrating Thanksgiving,” she told us. “I just don’t have any desire.” Maybe you know how she feels. Perhaps you’ve lost your job or house as a result of the struggling economy. Maybe your family is far away and you can’t imagine not being with them. Perhaps there will be an empty seat at your table because someone has died, is in the hospital, or at a care facility.

If you’re searching for reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving, search no farther than your own Bible:

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“If your heart is broken, you'll find God right there; if you're kicked in the gut, he'll help you catch your breath” (Psalm 34:18).

“ ‘I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?’ ” (John 11:25).

“No need to panic over alarms or surprises, or predictions that doomsday's just around the corner, because God will be right there with you; he'll keep you safe and sound” (Proverbs 3:26).

“You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

“ ‘But I, yes I, am the one who takes care of your sins—that's what I do. I don't keep a list of your sins’ ” (Isaiah 43:25).

“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

“ ‘I've been carrying you on my back from the day you were born, and I'll keep on carrying you when you're old. I'll be there, bearing you when you're old and gray. I've done it and will keep on doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you’ ” (Isaiah 46:4).

These are just a few of literally thousands of texts in the Bible that give us reason to be thankful. Life can be tough. Sometimes being thankful comes down to a choice. And if you choose it this Thanksgiving—in the middle of all that might be wrong—you’ll still be able to experience what this holiday is really all about.

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