Thanksgiving Memories – As Printed in the Thanksgiving 2020 issue of West Life Newspaper



“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:18 –


By James Mileti, Pastor newly formed Westlake Rocky River
Baptist Church (River Westlake Baptist Church).

When I was in high school in California, one Thanksgiving my parents were out and I was on my own to find and have Thanksgiving dinner. I went to a fast food restaurant called Jack- in-the Box and ordered a burger and fries, to go. It was pouring rain, and when I got home I accidentally locked my keys in the car, so I couldn’t get in the house or back in the car. I ended up eating my Thanksgiving dinner, which was a Jack in the Box burger and fries, on the front porch of our house, by myself, in the pouring rain.

I was feeling sorry for myself.

When I was in high school I had no idea we are to give thanks to God in all our circumstances. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I should have thanked God for a warm meal, a car to go get it with and a warm home to come home to, among so many other blessings in my life at that time.

I found out later in life, after I became a born again believer in Jesus, that we are to give thanks to God always, and for everything. We can do that if we are truly thankful to God for his blessings in our lives, no matter how we sometimes may not see them.

Not everyone feels thankful during the holidays, and they can be tough times for
some people. You should understand that, as a believer, God is with you during the good and the bad times, and that you should be thankful for God’s great care and blessings in your life, no matter how hard those blessings may be to identify at the moment.