THANKSGIVING. IT’S A SPECIAL TIME TO GATHER WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, SHARE A DELICIOUS MEAL, WATCH PARADES AND FOOTBALL, AND TAKE AN AFTERNOON NAP.
Thanksgiving is also the perfect time to acknowledge God’s presence in our lives and thank him for the countless blessings he gives us.
As you share the Thanksgiving holiday with those around you this year, take a few moments to focus on God by sharing these thoughts, scriptures, and blessings. They will enrich your time together.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
THANKSGIVING IN JESUS CHRIST
Thanksgiving is not just about being thankful. It’s important to remember to be thankful to God for sending his Son, Jesus Christ.
Of all the things God has provided and all the things in the world to be thankful for, the greatest is his gift of salvation and eternal life. The Bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and that “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 3:23; 6:23).
Each one of us is destined to eternal separation from God as punishment for our sins. But God provided a way to reconcile sinners to himself— by sending his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place, as our substitute, so that we can have eternal life. “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Then God raised Jesus back to life three days after his crucifixion, proving that our punishment was paid in full. “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God” (Romans 8:34).
But like any gift, you have to accept it, or it’s not yours. Believe that God’s gift of salvation is for you! The Bible says: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
If you want to accept God’s free gift of salvation and be certain about your eternity, then you can tell that to God in a prayer like this:
Dear God, I know I am separated from you because of my sins. I ask for your forgiveness. Thank you for sending your only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and rise from the dead to completely take away the eternal consequences of my sins. I now trust in him alone as my Savior. Thank you for your free gift of salvation and eternal life.