Giving Thanks

I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel. – Philippians 1:3-5

Thanksgiving is most often celebrated by the gathering of family and friends, sometimes across many miles, many generations and many barriers that try to stand in the way.  We give thanks for blessings through the year, for the love of family and the gift of friendships both old and new.  But for that which we should be most thankful, is the blessing least deserved – the love of God.  It is He who invited us into His family when we felt alone, who was a friend to the friendless and a home for the homeless that was warm and safe.

We may say “grace” at the table before we fill our stomachs with the fruits of our labor, but it is His Grace that allows us to eat at His table as one of His children, filling our lives with purpose and contentment that we could never earn. With a grateful heart, together we share the work and celebrate the harvest of His love.

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