by: S B
Good Morning! We just finished a sermon series on “Total Thanks”... embracing Thanksgiving every day. Since Thanksgiving is just a few days away, I thought today I would share about “thankfulness”. Then I will close with a prayer from one of my prayer books especially for Thanksgiving Day.
We know that all people experience bumps, trials, tribulations and rough patches; as well as joys, blessings and wonderful times in their lives. We are so grateful that as believers in God our Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that we know him. We know we are created by him, and have been redeemed by him. He continues to shape us, change us, and transform us every day more and more into who he has created us to be.
So as we are entering into the week of thanksgiving; the week where we intentionally stop and take a breath, and thank the Lord for all that he has done and continues to do in our lives, I would encourage you to carve out some time before you carve the turkey, or before you even begin thinking about the Feast for Thanksgiving day, that you would carve out some time to be in prayer… in prayer of thankfulness and in prayer of praise to the Lord for all he provides for us. We would not exist without him. Consider everything around us; all the blessings that we have… even if it does not fulfill all of our desires. We are blessed! And all is due to the graciousness and the mercy of God. How blessed we are to know our eternity (yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever) is really in the merciful, gracious hands of our Lord. He has purchased and claimed us as His very own. So let's go ahead and have a prayer for Thanksgiving Day.
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good and his mercy endures forever. Lord God, Heavenly Father, you have created me and endowed me with all that I am, or have, as a pure gift of your fatherly Divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. You sustain me from day to day with the gift of daily bread, in the food that I eat, the family that surrounds me, the friends I enjoy, the country where I live, and countless other benefits that I constantly receive from your open hand. On this day of Thanksgiving cause us to gratefully remember the good gifts that you shower upon us. Deepen in us the knowledge of your goodness, and awaken our hearts to praise you for all your gifts; especially the forgiveness of sins that you have purchased and won for us and the whole world in the atoning death of your Son, Jesus Christ. Keep us mindful of your mercies every day, and grant that we may think, praise, serve, and obey you; not only with our lips, but also with lives dedicated to the service of our neighbors. To You, oh Lord; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be all honor and Glory, praise and thanksgiving, now and forever.
Have a wonderful week of Thanksgiving, and take that time to be in thanks and praise of our good gracious and Almighty Lord. God bless!
Pastor Kari Malinak