Thanksgiving should be part of our daily living as believers in our living Christ who has walked this earth and lived among us, who experienced hunger and thirst and pain, Jesus the King of kings who left the perfect heaven to become man, one of us… Wow… there is so much love and blessings that we receive on a daily basis through God’s creation, His guidance, or ‘no’ answers to protect us or to bring us closer to Him, and through Jesus’s most loving sacrifice. Remember He left heaven for you, to become a tiny embryo and in an unusual way, to grow into a poor yet Godly family, and in the end to die for each one of us in a most dreadful way. But He rose again and to bring us salvation and eternal life!! That is the one unconditional and perfect love no one can ever give you! What’s there not to be thankful for?
Below is a beautiful prayer I would like to share with you now at Thanksgiving, written by Cindi McMenamin. It literally covers a lot of areas of life, including the good and ‘the bad’ (as we like to call it) and giving God thanks for it all just as we are commanded to do — “in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). I must give thanks not only in the good times when it is easiest to do, but in everything. It is my hope that this prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving will strengthen your faith and your walk with Jesus until we meet with Him and fall into His arms in paradise.
Thank you, God, for this food we are about to eat. And thank You for Your many blessings on us this past year…the ones we’ve seen, as well as the ones we haven’t seen.
Thank you, God for the times You have said “no.” They have helped us depend on You so much more.
Thank you, God, for unanswered prayer. It reminds us that You know what’s best for us, even when our opinion differs.
Thank You for the things you have withheld. You have protected us from what we may never realize.
Thank You, God, for the doors You have closed. They have prevented us from going where You would rather not have us go.
Thank you, Lord, for the physical pain You’ve allowed in our lives. It has helped us more closely relate to Your sufferings on our behalf.
Thank you, Lord, for the alone times in our lives. Those times have forced us to lean in closer to You.
Thank you, God, for the uncertainties we’ve experienced. They have deepened our trust in You.
Thank You, Lord, for the times You came through for us when we didn’t even know we needed a rescue.
Thank You, Lord, for the losses we have experienced. They have been a reminder that You are our greatest gain.
Thank You, God, for the tears we have shed. They have kept our hearts soft and moldable.
Thank You, God, for the times we haven’t been able to control our circumstances. They have reminded us that You are sovereign and on the throne.
Thank You, God, for Your ability to take what we consider ‘tragedy’ and turn it into a treasure.
Thank You, God, for those You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this earth reminds us to keep our eyes fixed on heaven.
Thank You, God, that we have an inheritance in the heavenly places…something that this world can never steal from us and we could never selfishly squander.
Thank You, God, for the greatest gift You could ever give us: forgiveness through Your perfect Son’s death on the cross on our behalf.
Thank you, God, for the righteousness You credited toward us, through the death and resurrection of Jesus. It’s a righteousness we could never attain to on our own.
And thank You not only for our eternal salvation, but for the salvation You afford us every day of our lives as You save us from ourselves, our foolishness, our own limited insights, and our frailties in light of Your power and strength.
Thank You, God, for all that You have allowed and not allowed in our lives this past year. For we commit our lives anew to You this day and ask that You would continue to remind us, throughout this next year, that You are God, You are on the throne, and You are eternally good.
Thank You, finally, that we can pray in the name of Jesus, who made our access to You—and a personal relationship with You—possible. Amen.