Two Thanksgiving Challenges

Psalm 105:1

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among

the nations what he has done.

Here in the United States, Thanksgiving is only a day away.  It is a wonderful holiday for us to take some time and thank God for all of the many blessings He has bestowed on us.  It is a time of food, fun and family.  As you spend time with your family this year, take time to “make known among your family what He has done.” Many families have a tradition of going around the table and saying what they are thankful for this year.  My challenge to you is to change that up a bit and go around your table and tell of something you are thankful that God has done in your life this past year.  It is a simple twist on a family tradition, but it opens up the conversation to talk about how God is moving in your life and gives you an opportunity to give God all the glory, honor and praise He deserves.

Another thought for this Thanksgiving holiday is that you take some time to pray for those whose Thanksgiving may be a little tough this year due to the loss of a loved one. After the loss of a loved one, any first holiday is difficult without that person presence. I lost a dear friend this summer and I know this will be the first holiday without him for his friends and family.  Another dear friend of mine just lost her mother a couple of days ago and I know this will be an extremely difficult holiday for her and her family. My second challenge to you as Thanksgiving approaches is to take some time to reach out to someone who might be facing this Thanksgiving for the first time without a loved one.

Psalm 106:1

Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

We know that the Lord’s love endures forever and that through the power of His Holy Spirit, we can love others with the love that He first loved us with, so let’s do it.  Find someone to show Christ’s love to this Thanksgiving holiday.  Be a source of love, support and encouragement to someone.  Who knows, your love, support and encouragement may just be what they are thankful for this holiday!

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