“Over three centuries ago, our forefathers in Virginia and in Massachusetts, far from home in a lonely wilderness, set aside a time of thanksgiving. On the appointed day, they gave reverent thanks for their safety, for the health of their children, for the fertility of their fields, for the love which bound them together, and for the faith which united them with their God.”
(John F. Kennedy in Thanksgiving Proclamation 1963)
This week, the Calvary family will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving on Gratitude Sunday and next week most Americans will gather with family and friends to celebrate this historic national holiday.
According to Ephesians 5:20, thanksgiving is actually a virtue given to Christ followers by the Holy Spirit. After telling us to “be filled with the Holy Spirit,” the word of God says to be characterized as “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This verse answers several questions:
When should we give thanks? The scripture says “always.”
For what should we give thanks? The scripture says “for everything.”
How should we give thanks? The scripture says “in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
To whom should we give thanks? The scripture says “to God the Father.”
So Calvary family, my prayer is that each of us will make this verse a reality in our lives not only this time of the year, but as a daily lifestyle. We can only accomplish this by regularly submitting to the Holy Spirit’s leadership over our lives. When we do, we will walk in the safety of our Heavenly Father’s presence and in the joy of Christ’s love and experience the blessings of his grace.
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