I love this time of the year! The temperature is getting colder, the colors of the leaves are changing, and the Thanksgiving holiday is around the corner. I love Thanksgiving – good food and time with family! This year we will be in Grand Junction, Colorado with Matt’s Mom for the holiday.
As we all gather around the table with piles of food in front of us and football on the TV, it is important for us to remember to give thanks. I want to give you a prayer to use with your families and friends for your Thanksgiving meal.
We enjoy God's blessings every day of the year and we thank God every day. But today is a special day to remember all that God has done for us and to give thanks and praise to God.
Thank you, God, for our home and our family.
Thank you, God, for jobs and school.
Thank you, God, for healthy bodies and medical care when we need it.
Thank you, God, for the seasons and the wonders of creation.
Thank you, God, for food and clothing.
Thank you, God, for neighbors and friends
Thank you, God, for the love that God has shown to us in Jesus Christ.
And as we give thanks, we remember the needs of others.
We remember those without homes or families.
We remember those who have no jobs and those who never get the chance to go to school.
We remember those who are sick and cannot get medical care.
We remember those who are suffering because of natural disasters or harsh weather.
We remember those who are lonely and those who feel unloved.
We remember those who have not heard or do not believe the good news of Jesus Christ.
Loving God, we give you thanks for all the ways that you have blessed our family. We want to be doers of your word and not just hearers. Help us to use our blessings to help your people in need. Amen.
May each of you have a wonderful time with family and friends as you give thanks to God for all we have been given.
Grace & peace,