30 November: Thanksgiving
With yet another American Thanksgiving week-end over, this chapter shows why we’d be bothered to give thanks.
READ HEBREWS 13 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Some people would argue that Americans don’t do anything right. I’d have to say that they know how to celebrate “Thanksgiving”. The UK equivalent is our Harvest Festival. But apart from what our children’s school did with their Harvest Assembly held at the church across the road, it seems to pass by without an acknowledgement at all! We get our food from the supermarket and it’s shipped in from Spain and Brazil. If produce runs out in one area of the world, as seasons change, it’s simply shipped in from another area of the world.
In the old days, however, this was a point in the life of the community where everyone stopped and celebrated the close of the harvest season. They stopped to give a moment’s reflective thanks and they sort God’s blessing through the winter months. With the future survival of their families continually dependant on the next harvest, no one would dream of skipping such a vitally important practice. A simply word search on thanks, thankfulness, and thanksgiving, brings up more than 250 referencing throughout the Creator God’s epic storyline as His people are called to remember our Maker’s loving-kindness…
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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Finding it hard to speak freely to your Maker? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”
I take pleasure, Lord, in talking about the miraculous signs and wonders that You, Most High God, have performed for me. [Daniel 4:2]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Pray for the people of Uganda[b]
Your Nation: The elderly and those in care homes
Yourself: Renewal of your mind
Your concerns for today
I give thanks to You, Lord, for Your unfailing love and Your wonderful deeds for mankind. You satisfy the thirsty and You fill the hungry with good things. [Psalm 107:8-9]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”
May I rend my heart and not my garments. May I turn back to You, Lord my God, for You are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and You’ll relent from sending calamity my way. [Joel 2:13]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”
Because You’re faithful to those You called into fellowship with Your Son, You, Father God, will also keep me firm to the end, so that I’ll be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. [1 Corinthians 1:8-9]
“ For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen”
When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[c] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = Spiritual Conflict
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” [2 Corinthians 10:4]
[a] Matthew 6:5-15
[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31