Preparations for Thanksgiving will be in high gear next week so I don’t plan to post a blog so that we may be enjoying our families and loved ones and treasuring our time together, OTHER, than, I would like to post comments from individuals on what you are most thankful for this time of year, so please send any comments you would like to make at your earliest convenience and I will post them…I have a few already from some friends that I’m posting today to get us started. Before I share them though, how many of you are like me…do we really need to have all the stores opened on Thanksgiving or am I just too old school and remember a time when you better have all your purchases done for Thanksgiving day or you would be out of luck…usually, the only thing I would have forgotten would be some cranberry sauce which many times we would forget to put on the table even if we had it.
We have to be able to hear from GOD and how can we hear if we’re so busy with the worldly things? I say we try hard to not patronize any stores Thursday just as a matter of principle.
Following are comments I received thus far and they are so inspiring and encouraging to me. I have placed initials by the person sending them and I hope they bless you as well:
AM – What I am thankful for:
– am healthy
– have friends like you
– have great nieces and nephews
– have a loving God and Angels
DS – As a type A personality……I’m thankful for reminders that no matter how hard I try, I am not the one in control.
JT – WHAT I AM THANKFUL FOR….Family & friends who have my back with words of wisdom and guidance when faced with adversity and new challenges!
KG (from sermon Sunday) – I’m thankful for the “But God” in my Life.
-I’ve been stressed ……………But God
-I’ve been hurt ………………….But God
-I’ve been unsure . .. ……….. But God
-They tried to defeat us …….But God
Genesis 50:20 – But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
I’m thankful to have God in my life to always see me through.
KP – Thankful for every type of person in my life that adds to/builds up my character, my health, my emotional and spiritual health…
MEM – Thankful for our freedom!
SR – I am most thankful that God has allowed me to have good health, a husband that loves me unconditionally, and a family (church family) that I am thankful to be a part of; Every day is a GIFT, and each morning that you OPEN your eyes, that is God’s PRESENT.
Thanksgiving Prayer: Is there an official Thanksgiving Prayer?
A Thanksgiving prayer brings to mind a festive table filled with turkey, cranberries, and other traditional dishes. Families surround the table with mouths watering as young cousins eyeball pumpkin pies with whipped cream. Before the turkey is carved, the family joins hands with heads bowed and offers words of thanks for the meal spread before them.
There is no official ‘Thanks to God’ but prayers of gratitude have been offered since long before the 1620 American tradition began. It is the source by which the Pilgrims decided to begin with a prayer of thanks at this historic feast shared with the Wampanoag Indians. Years later, both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving history with their Thanksgiving proclamations.
Thanksgiving Prayer: Where did the idea come from?
For a way to express their thankfulness for survival and the first harvest, the deeply religious Pilgrims looked to the Bible. They found the celebrated Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), or Feast of Ingathering. The ingathering of Israelites (delivered from the desert of Sinai) and their harvest were celebrated in this feast and is the most joyous of all feasts still today (Leviticus 23).
Another reference to giving thanks is found in the account of ‘setting’ what Samuel called the Ebenezer Stone. This was a memorial to remind them to be grateful for God’s help during an attack from the Philistines (1 Samuel 7:10-12). Actually, the Bible speaks of giving thanks nearly from cover to cover. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
All early celebrations had one common theme — God. Thanksgiving was directed toward God, their Creator, Protector, and Provider. They believed that all good things ultimately came from Him as they do today. Other verses that include thanks can be read in Psalm 100:4, Psalm 105:1 and 1 Corinthians 15:57.
Thanksgiving Prayer: How to offer prayers of giving Thanks
Prayers are simply communication to God. They may be a memorized or formal prayer, or they may be words spoken simply but sincerely from the heart. God hears and honors them all (see 1 John 5:14).
A simple children’s prayer goes like this:
Thank you God for all that grows,
Thank you for the sky’s rainbows,
Thank you for the stars that shine,
Thank you for these friends of mine,
Thank you for the moon and sun,
Thank you God for all you’ve done!
A Thanksgiving Day prayer, by Brian F. King, says:
O Lord, with humble hearts we pray
Thy blessing this Thanksgiving Day
And ask that at table place,
Where grateful folk say words of grace,
That Thou will come to share the yield
Thy bounty gave to farm and field.
We pray thy love will bless, O Lord,
Each hearth, each home, each festive board;
And that Thy peace will come to stay
Where candles glow, Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Prayer: Writing your own Thanksgiving prayer
Do you desire to lead your family in a Thanksgiving prayer? Consider these questions as a way of preparing for your prayer:
What were the major events that took place in your family this year?
Did your family grow in number, through weddings or births?
Did your family experience hard times? If so, consider what you learned from each situation.
Who are the members of your family? Name one quality that you’re thankful for in each person
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Ellis
P.S. Here’s a song of Thanksgiving and definitely with a “diversity” twist…lol!
SCRIPTURES on THANKS:
- 2 Samuel 22:50
Therefore I will give thanks unto Thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto Thy name.
2 Samuel 22:49-51 (in Context) 2 Samuel 22 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- 1 Chronicles 16:8
Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the people.
1 Chronicles 16:7-9 (in Context) 1 Chronicles 16 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- 1 Chronicles 16:34
O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever.
1 Chronicles 16:33-35 (in Context) 1 Chronicles 16 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- Ezra 3:11
And they sang together by course, praising and giving thanks unto the LORD: “Because He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever toward Israel.” And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
Ezra 3:10-12 (in Context) Ezra 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- Nehemiah 12:40
So stood the two companies of those who gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and half of the rulers with me;
Nehemiah 12:39-41 (in Context) Nehemiah 12 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- Psalm 18:49
Therefore will I give thanks unto Thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto Thy name.
Psalm 18:48-50 (in Context) Psalm 18 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- Psalm 30:4
Sing unto the LORD, O ye His saints, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.
Psalm 30:3-5 (in Context) Psalm 30 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- Psalm 30:12
to the end that my glory may sing praise to Thee and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto Thee for ever.
Psalm 30:11-12 (in Context) Psalm 30 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- Psalm 35:18
I will give Thee thanks in the great congregation; I will praise Thee among many people.
Psalm 35:17-19 (in Context) Psalm 35 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- Psalm 75:1
Unto Thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto Thee do we give thanks. For that Thy name is near, Thy wondrous works declare.
Psalm 75:1-3 (in Context) Psalm 75 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- Psalm 79:13
So we Thy people and the sheep of Thy pasture, will give Thee thanks for ever; we will show forth Thy praise to all generations.
Psalm 79:12-13 (in Context) Psalm 79 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- Psalm 92:1
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most High,
Psalm 92:1-3 (in Context) Psalm 92 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- Psalm 97:12
Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.
Psalm 97:11-12 (in Context) Psalm 97 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- Psalm 105:1
O give thanks unto the LORD, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the people.
Psalm 105:1-3 (in Context) Psalm 105 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- Psalm 107:1
O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 107:1-3 (in Context) Psalm 107 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!
The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”
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