Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., celebrated yearly on the fourth Thursday of November. It is a time for family, feasting, and football. An often used exercise at the family meal is to ask each member what they are thankful for. Usually people will respond with family relationship, material prosperity, and so forth. This is good. We are thankful for all of the blessings our Lord has provided. But there really is even more. The New Testament speaks frequently about having life. In the Greek of the New Testament there are two words for life – bios referring to physical life, and zoa referring to the life we receive from the Lord. In John 10:10 Jesus said, “I have come that you might have zoa, and have it abundantly.” This is a life motivated and empowered by our Lord who promised never to leave or forsake us. This is the life that allowed St. Paul to say, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”(Philippians 4:12-13) God has blessed us ever so richly in material blessings, but above all He had given us life in Jesus Christ. May you be truly blessed this day and give thanks for the abundance of zoa in Jesus.