Happy Thanksgiving to you!
When I was growing up, it was my family’s tradition to go around the table at Thanksgiving and name at least one thing that you were thankful for. And I remember the Thanksgiving prayers of my grandfather, who included so many people and situations and circumstances that the turkey had plenty of time to cool off before we dug in! So now when thinking of Thanksgiving my heart always turn back to gratitude.
It might be difficult in this year of Covid quarantine for you to think about gratitude and Thanksgiving. So much of our normal routines have been disrupted. And yet, God is still moving and working in our lives. If nothing else, we can praise him for his love and grace and mercy poured out in our lives through Jesus Christ. We can praise him for the forgiveness we receive for our sins. We can say thank you for the hope that is ours in Jesus of redemption and eternal life. Here are a few reminders from Scripture:
· Psalm 95 - "Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods..."
· Psalm 100 - "Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."
· Psalm 103: 1-5 - "Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s."
Gracious and merciful God we give thanks for this day and for the meals in which we will partake this day. Even though we may be apart from family and friends this year, we know that we are connected with one another through you. Help us to have hearts of gratitude to notice the blessings around us despite our circumstances. Above all we thank you for Jesus and in his name we pray, Amen.
Pastor Debbie and Pastor Daryl Allen