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Now I know what you’re thinking:
Thanksgiving isn’t for another month!
Well, there are two reasons I can wish you Happy Thanksgiving today. The first reason is that my beloved homeland of Canada celebrates our Thanksgiving holiday this weekend. (Fun fact: European settlers in Canada were celebrating Thanksgiving well before the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in 1621.) I know my wife Rachel and I will be celebrating this holiday with some pumpkin pie and a heartfelt chorus of “God Save the Queen.” We’ll also be looking forward to next month’s Thanksgiving round #2.
The second reason I can wish you a Happy Thanksgiving is because the act of giving thanks is never out of season. Throughout Scripture we are reminded to “Give thanks to the Lord” (Psalm 30:12; Isaiah 12:4-5; Colossians 3:15-17; Philippians 4:6; Hebrews 12:28-29), and we’re often reminded to do it because “his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalms 106:1, 118, 136). The insurmountable love of God that he has shown us in our Lord Jesus Christ has given us ample reason to rejoice and give thanks always (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Here’s a prayer from my Canadian prayer book that I would love to share with you today. May it tune our hearts to give thanks to the Lord in this season and in every other:
O Almighty and everlasting God, who crownest the year with thy goodness, and hast given unto us the fruits of the earth in their season: Give us grateful hearts, that we may unfeignedly thank thee for all thy loving-kindness, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Today, may we “enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless his name!” (Psalm 100:4).
The Rev. W. Creighton FriedrichCurate for Student Discipleship
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