The tradition at this time of year is to give thanks for what we have but circumstances over the past few years point to a different reason for celebrating Thanksgiving.

Homelessness, joblessness and poverty are rampant. Food banks become exhausted much earlier than usual and donations are much less than in the past. In some places, the need for food has risen 50 percent. Studies indicate nearly one in six Americans is experiencing “food insecurity.”

Still, some of us are in a much better position. For that we should indeed be thankful. But Thanksgiving takes on greater meaning if we have been expressing our gratitude for what we have by sharing it with others.

Now, more than ever, the season calls us to remember that God blesses us so that we will be a blessing to others, not just now but year-round.