How can we be thankful when times are tough?

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True gratitude is not dependent on circumstances. God did not tell his people, "celebrate only if you have a great harvest, if things go well." He commanded them to celebrate regardless of how well the year had gone. To be thankful, whether the harvest is great or small.

Many of us are facing struggles—our harvest has not been as bountiful this year, so to speak. But joy flows out of gratitude, not out of easy circumstances. So we will choose to obey God's command to celebrate, and to remember those who have less than we do. It is the secret to joy.

Keri Wyatt Kent is the author of seven books, including Simple Compassion, and Breathe. Learn more at

Adapted from the article Happy Holy Days,

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