Prayer for Thanksgiving

Most merciful Father, we humbly thank you for all your gifts so freely bestowed upon us: for life and health and safety, for strength to work and leisure to rest, for all that is beautiful in creation and in human life; but above all we thank you for our spiritual mercies in Christ Jesus our Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Thanksgiving Devotional

Thanksgiving Day | November 26, 2020

Deuteronomy 8:7-18 and Psalm 65 • 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 • Luke 17:11-19

Luke 17:11-19 | New Living Translation

11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”

The Bread of Life

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Thanksgiving Day | November 28, 2019

Deuteronomy 26:1-11 and Psalm 100 • Philippians 4:4-9 • John 6:25-35

25 They found him on the other side of the lake and asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

26 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. 27 But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”

28 They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”

29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”

30 They answered, “Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do? 31 After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.”

35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

John 6:25-35 New Living Translation (NLT)


Here in the United States it is a national holiday. Our family has put together our thanksgiving meal and soon it will be time to put it in the oven. For us, it will just be us and the kids who live at home. One of our Thanksgiving traditions is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. When we lived in Flint, MI the girls were so disappointed because the local channel broadcast the Santa Claus Parade from Detroit.

One things about thanksgiving dinner is that is is full of carbs and starches – at least ours is this year. It got me to thinking about the today’s scripture from the gospel of John. This story happens the day after Jesus has fed the 5,000 – and the day after Jesus walks on the water. The people are following Jesus because of his miracles – not necessarily for his teachings and not necessarily for the fact that He is the Word of God.

The people were following Jesus and he took time to teach them more about the Kingdom of God. While food is important in our lives – it is not what we should be pursuing. If we want to receive the approval of God, we should seek the Son of God. Most importantly we should believe in Jesus.

What’s crazy is that the people are looking for another miracle. They are looking for bread from heaven – in other words – manna. They want Jesus to do the same thing Moses did in the wilderness and Jesus reminds them that the manna didn’t come from Moses – the manna came from Father God. God is the one who offers true bread and gives life.

Today we need to be thankful for the bread that comes from the work of our hands, but also comes from our Father in heaven. If we receive the bread of life – we will never be spiritually hungry again. Whoever believes in Jesus will never be thirsty again.

Today we give thanks for all of God’s blessings…but we give thanks to God for sending us the Bread of Life – the bread from heaven. Thanks be to God, who gives us salvation through the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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2 Corinthians 9:6-15 | New Living Translation (NLT)

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say,

“They share freely and give generously to the poor.
    Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”

10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. 15 Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!


 

Prayer for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving-HD-Desktop-Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Philippians 4:4-9 | New Living Translation (NLT)

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.


These words from Paul remind us that peace is connected with thanksgiving.  For more thoughts on the subject, here is Pam and I preaching at the Otto-Eldred Community Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday evening.

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Psalm 126

When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem,
    it was like a dream!
We were filled with laughter,
    and we sang for joy.
And the other nations said,
    What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”
Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us!
    What joy!

Restore our fortunes, Lord,
    as streams renew the desert.
Those who plant in tears
    will harvest with shouts of joy.
They weep as they go to plant their seed,
    but they sing as they return with the harvest.


Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

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Lord God, You ask me to give thanks in all things today – because you know that the feeling of Joy begins in the action of Thanksgiving. Today, cause me to do Your will, not mine—and let me release my desire to protect my joy at all cost. Today, open my hand to joy in surrendered obedience.

Ann Voskamp