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“Worship the LORD with gladness…. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

Psalm 100:2, 4

October 14 is a national day of Thanksgiving in Canada. Several other countries around the world also set aside a day in the calendar year to express gratitude for the harvest and other kinds of blessings. Today is the day when the people of the United States as a whole join together in gratefulness for abundant blessings of the past year. Most importantly, we direct that gratitude to God.

When Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving Day, he wrote of “the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” He invited every person in the nation to “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens” (1863).

Every day—but especially today—let’s “give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good, if bad, because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country” (C.S. Lewis, 1948).




Scripture Focus

Psalm 100

Insight

“Father, thank you for engendering in us an attitude of gratitude to you and to others and in so doing helping us be content. Amen.”

Bible In A Year

  • Ezekiel 35-36
  • Psalm 148
  • 1 Timothy 5-6