EXTRA PLACE SETTING

Families across the United States look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday, where they can celebrate with family and friends as they feast on all the fancy dishes. However, it is so easy during the holiday season to be overwhelmed with all the tasks and activities that we must remember to stop and reflect on why we should celebrate.

This year, when you set your table, I would like to ask each of you to take a few minutes and put an extra place for Jesus. Send Him a special invitation (via prayer) asking Him to partake in your Thanksgiving meal.

Every time we go before God, we are always asking for something. This Thanksgiving, I am asking that we just take a few minutes and worship Him – thanking Him for all He has done not only for us but for our families as well. We need to testify about God’s goodness. It is time for us to shout to Him and thank Him for His unmerited grace.  

Some of us will spend the day thinking about our loved ones who have passed; however, we are still going to give God thanks that we are alive, and that one day, we will see our loved ones once again.

Psalm 95:2-3 (KJV) “Let us come before His presence with Thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods.”

Faith Step:  Thanksgiving is the voice of faith. It is the voice of an individual who has so much trust and confidence in God and His word that all he/she can do, even before he/she sees the answer, is to stop and give God praise. A thankful, grateful heart is a faith-filled heart.

Prayer:
Dear Lord, we rejoice in our gratitude for the gifts you have given us today that have enriched our lives beyond measure. We thank you for the love you show us and the sacrifices you made to support us. May we continue to appreciate your love each day. God, thank you for always being there for us, whether we realize it or not. Your love washes over us daily, hourly, and moment-by-moment. We are so fortunate to have you walking with us and loving us because your goodness knows no bounds. Thank you for who you are. Amen!

By Donnis Prass