Gratitude: An Invitation
How will you find time to reflect upon and talk about all the things you are grateful for in your life?
Thanksgiving worship in our congregations brings our attention to our gratitude to God for God’s many gifts. God gathers God’s people to sing hymns, pray, listen to the Word proclaimed, and even share our lives following the service.
Luther and many today are persuaded that the first church is actually made up of our household. Robyn and I often make time in the evening to talk together about what we are grateful for in our day. It is a fruitful discipline. This year around your
Thanksgiving table, I invite you to have people share something they are thankful for and make three rotations as you pass your food. In the aftermath of a contentious election, talking about what you are grateful for is something that could give you something that will unite your household. As we talk about and think about God’s gifts, it transforms us, simultaneously deepening our relationships and lightening our spirits.
I invite you to join us in 30 Days of Prayers on my Like us on Facebook by clicking here. (Jon Anderson Redwood Falls). We have been lifting up prayers composed for the day or great prayers from our tradition to invite people toward a deeper and wider faith. Prayer is one of God’s gifts to us. God loves to hear our prayers.
The prayer for Thanksgiving Day will be from Paul and our Bible, found in Philippians.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
– Philippians 1:1-11
I give thanks for the relationship we share in Jesus. I am thankful for the many ways God has been and continues to be at work in your life and mine.
Our partnership in the Gospel through good times and hard times enriches our lives and sustains us in times of challenge and discouragement.
On Thanksgiving Day and weekend, may your love overflow as you connect with family, have time to rest and enjoy friends, work as you need to, and experience the gift of God’s re-creating grace.