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Thanksgiving 2016

 

I have a quote which says,

“We thank God for what He has done

We Praise Him for Who He is…”

 

And we do, indeed, thank Him and praise Him today

And always

For we have been fearfully and wonderfully made

And

He has known us from our mother’s wombs

And

We were created to be His workmanship

(a word which literally means – His creation – His poem…)

And He loves us.

 

We know all this

But… (did you sense a “but” coming?)

But as long as we live in this fallen world

There will be pain – there will be suffering

And there will be sorrow…

 

Today, I lift up those who are in pain –

emotionally, physically or spiritually.

I lift up those who are suffering –

personally, or corporately as a family or a people.

 

And I lift up those who are in sorrow – temporarily or on-going.

 

In this “season” of Thanksgiving, I lift up these Your children. May we all seek thankfulness and be ever filled with praise, regardless of whatever condition wherein we find ourselves. For we love You O Lord and praise Your Holy Name. Amen.

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Being Thankful at Difficult Times

Father, my prayer this Thanksgiving season, is for those for whom Thanksgiving is not a time of thanks giving. I lift up those for whom this is a very difficult time of the year – and only going to get worse with the next “holiday”… Oh, many of us joke about our families, but in reality, they’re pretty tame; but not everyone can say that.

I’m not even talking about those in war torn countries, or famine ravaged countries, or parts of the world where natural disasters have destroyed their ways of life – but those right around us, Lord, who are hurting.

Perhaps it’s a lack of food, or lack of job, or lack of love, but the void in their hearts and homes is “crater-sized.” And that, my God, brings an emptiness to the pit of my stomach, and a heaviness to my soul, and I lift them up to You.

Your Word, God, tells us that there is no temptation, no sorrow, no hurt, which our Saviour has not experienced, and so, You know, don’t You… You know “first-hand.”

As I lift them up, the faces I “see”, the one’s I’ve heard about, and the ones I just imagine, I ask, Lord, comfort their hearts. And more than that Lord, show me what I must do. How can I be serve these people? How can I bring the love and comfort of the Living Christ into another’s heart and home?

I love Your Word, Lord. I love to study it, I love to teach it. But today, Father, take me from the “Scribes cloak” to the “Servant’s shoes” – and tell me where to walk.

In Jesus’ Name – Amen

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Pre-Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Father, as I set out to write a prayer of thanksgiving, I remember the multitude of circumstances that are represented by the people who are reading this book. Many find themselves in loving families, but possibly even more find themselves in not so loving situations.

How do I offer a prayer for them, Lord? I cannot relate, nor understand the anguish that they must feel. But, I know that You do. And so, I simply lift them to You, and pray that You will touch their hearts and hold them in the warm embrace of Your arms.

Father I pray, that each of us, in whatever place in life that we find ourselves, will look for the things for which to be thankful. There is always something. May we seek it like gold, and when we find it, hold it to our hearts and bow our heads, praising You – for You alone are God, and You alone gave the greatest Gift of all – Your own precious Son.

So, at Thanksgiving, and every day, may we, no matter our circumstances, thank You for Jesus. As it is in His Name we pray… Amen.

 

Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Precious Lord, we pause today, if but for a brief moment, and offer a prayer of thanksgiving. For each of us, the things that we are thankful for are different; for our families – their safe trips in traveling; for healing in times of sickness; or for strength in the midst of struggles.

For our loved ones, whether near or far, whether estranged or dearly held in our hearts, our prayer is lifted to You – for their safety, for their health, and for their blessing.

We are thankful for the bounty of the meal before us, and the hands which prepared it – whether it be at a table well stocked, or a meager gathering; whether the hands were loving or just dutiful in their preparation – still we are thankful and pray for them.

Father, we realize that if we have anything at all, we have much for which to be thankful. When we stop and think of the multitudes for which this is just another day of struggle for survival, we are ashamed at our thanklessness at times. Remind us, dear Lord, of our overwhelming blessing.

And now, we cannot neglect to pray for those men and women around the world who are away from their loved ones by way of military service. No matter on which “side” of any given war they find themselves, if it is war, it is war, and they believe themselves to be right.

We long, Father for the day when all will serve You, and every knee will bow to Your Son Jesus Christ. For only in that day, will there truly be peace. And Thanksgiving Day will truly be a Day of Thanksgiving! In Jesus’ precious Name we pray – Amen.

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