“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

Colossians 4:2
My friend Dr. Harold Sala in Today Counts writes, “Thanksgiving is not simply an American holiday. It should be the attitude of every child of God in the response of his heart to what God has done” (2006).

When we lived on Okinawa, Thanksgiving celebrations were wonderful. We welcomed in 35-40 servicemen and women (many having come from the war zone in South East Asia), their families, and friends. Three of us would carve turkeys while the dining table filled up with pot-luck foods. Every guest picked up a tray, filled their plate, and found a place in the house to sit and enjoy the meal and the company. After dinner, we gathered in the open tatami room, most of us on the floor in a huge circle, to share what we were thankful for. The stories of what God had done in our lives over the past year were deeply encouraging.

If you are gathered today for Thanksgiving celebrations (or perhaps already did in October in Canada), may the wonderful smells of your meal remind you of the sweet aroma of God’s presence. Let thankfulness overflow!

Scripture Focus

Colossians 1:3, 12; 2:7; 3:15-16


Fix your gaze on Christ with a thankful heart for the multitude of blessings He has given.

Bible In A Year

  • Ezekiel 27-28
  • Psalm 144
  • 1 Thessalonians 5

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