Prayer: We thank You, our Provider, for all things bright and good. The seedtime and the harvest -- our life, our health, our good. No gifts we have to offer for all Your love imparts, but that which You most welcome is our humble, thankful hearts. Amen. (Mathhias Claudius “We plough the fields and Scatter” Hymn. Words: Public Domain)
Read 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9
Happy Thanksgiving! What is the best memory you have of a family thanksgiving supper? What is the best memory you have of a community or Church thanksgiving supper? What makes these memories good memories? Was it the food that made these supper special or was it the people who were present at the table? Usually our best memories of a family thanksgiving supper include people we love… and then the time of sharing food around the table.
The Thanksgiving Monday scripture reading comes from the letter of Paul to the Corinthians. Verses 1 to 9 are Paul’s introductory words in his letter. Most of the time Paul wrote encouraging words of thanksgiving for the community that he was writing.
Verse 4 is what we will focus upon today. “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way – in all your speaking and in all your knowledge – because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.” (1 Corinthians 1: 4 – 6 NIV Zondervan 1983).
Today if you have family and friends over for Thanksgiving supper, say this scripture verse over the people who are in your house. And if you are alone for Thanksgiving supper, think of people who need a bit of a boost with life – your family or your friends or your community – and repeat this portion of scripture for them.
Thanksgiving is a time to also remember the joy of living within God’s love. It is from God that we receive our life and our strength and our love. This day remember to say thank you to God!
Today, the three things I am thankful for are:
Prayer: All good gifts around us are sent from You above. We thank You Lord, we thank You Lord, we thank You for for all Your love. Amen. (Mathhias Claudius “We plough the fields and Scatter” Hymn. Words: Public Domain)