Mrs. White, what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Oh! I have everything to be thankful for. I expect to see Jesus, who will give us eternal life. I am so glad that He has honored me in giving me a part to act in this work of shedding the light of truth on the earth. I am so thankful that I can share with Christ and stop thinking of myself and rather share in Christ’s concern for other people, and finally I know that I will also share in his glory.
I know you are excited about heaven. You have seen heaven in vision many times. What is there in heaven to be thankful about?
I have a faith that looks over into the future, and sees the tree of life. On it grow precious fruits, and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No more broken hearts, no more sadness, no more sins, no more sorrow, no more suffering, in that kingdom of glory. If I am faithful, I expect to meet the loved ones there. I thank Him with all my heart.
What can I do to help prepare for Thanksgiving Day. Can I do something important even if I can’t bake pumpkin pie?
In my experience I have found that when I brought joy to the hearts of others, my own soul rejoiced, and was filled with the melting Spirit of God. In the morning and all through the day, a sense of God’s goodness filled my heart, and it awakened such feelings of gratitude, as I cannot express… Every morning we should think, What kind act can I do today? What tender word can I speak? Kind words at home are blessed sunshine. We all need that sunshine. Now let us
make a thanksgiving at home.
How can we make this Thanksgiving Day absolutely unique? Any last words of advice?
If you have had wrong feelings of jealousy, now is the time to confess them. Ask God to help you if you have a proud heart, and bring Jesus into the center of your life. Open the door of your hearts and let Him enter, and you will have such a Thanksgiving as you never experienced before.
—The interview answers are adapted from a Thanksgiving sermon that Ellen White preached in Battle Creek on November 27,1884. You can read the entire sermon in the AdventReview and Sabbath Herald, December 23, 1884.
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