11/25/15 – Thinking Thanks

Where would you be right now, if it were not for Jesus?

This week I’m encouraging you, when sitting down with family or friends, to look at them and ask yourself, where would I be without her? Where would I be without him?

I can remember as a kid, the pressure of being the youngest grandchild at the big Thanksgiving table. It meant that at the appointed time, with everybody’s mouths watering, steam rising from a multitude of dishes, and my older cousins mumbling dibs on the drumsticks – all eyes would turn to me and I would have to pray. I knew it better be good. Somehow no ordinary, or perfunctory grace would suffice.

People have been giving thanks to God for a long time. Accounts of the Pilgrim’s thanksgiving feast don’t even mention turkey – but they note that the deeply faithful Pilgrims looked to the Bible and offered up prayer. Maybe they looked at Leviticus 23, in which the Israelites celebrated their deliverance from the desert and their harvest with a great feast (Sukkot) and the sounding of trumpets. Perhaps they read Psalm 100:4, Psalm 105:1, or I Corinthians 15:57. Scripture is filled with examples of giving thanks, perhaps most easily summed up in 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

If the eyes around the table turn toward you on Thanksgiving Day, don’t sweat it. Prayer is just talking with God, and it really doesn’t matter how you do it. Your prayer may be short and sweet, simple or eloquent; as long as it is sincere and from your heart. God hears and honors them all (I John 5:14).

Thanks and blessings,

Pastor Vince

P.S. What’s that? You’ve got so much to do you can’t even think about prayer before the Thanksgiving meal yet? He’s got something to say to you, too:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

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