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00537 - Thanksgiving

The American tradition of Thanksgiving goes back to the early 17th century, marking the Pilgrims' harvest feast after a successful growing season. It's rooted in giving thanks for a bountiful harvest and the community's survival. This event laid the foundation for the modern holiday.

The NIV reflects this in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV): "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." This scripture encourages believers to maintain a spirit of gratitude, recognising God’s hand in the ebb and flow of life's seasons.

Continuing a tradition of thanksgiving today means pausing our busyness to reflect on this year's journey, acknowledging the peaks and the valleys, and expressing gratitude for God’s faithfulness. It honours God and realigns our hearts, reminding us of the larger narrative of His provision and grace. Let’s cultivate a spirit of thankfulness that enriches our lives and strengthens our faith.


If you don’t thank God for anything, you treat your Creator as less than you.


Thank You, Lord, for your provision and protection and for allowing me to serve You. Amen.

Action Point

If your thanksgiving is much less than your request of God, take a week and pray prayers of thanks each day.

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