In Ephesians 5, Paul reminds us that a people who are filled with the Spirit and led by the Spirit are a people marked by gratitude.  In verse 20, Paul says that such a people give thanks “always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, let’s do that together.  Let’s give thanks where thanks is due.  Let’s give credit where credit is due.  Let’s be thoughtful and intentional as we consider all that we have in our lives, all that we have in the gospel, and as we acknowledge the source and sustainer of it all.

Please join us this week in praying together for one another and for our church that we would be a people characterized by humble gratitude in light of who God is and all that he’s done.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your goodness and your grace in our lives.  We thank you for your generosity and kindness toward us in Jesus.  We ask, Father, that you and your gospel would increasingly move us and change us and mobilize us.  We acknowledge you and thank you in this moment, Lord, as the source of every good and gracious gift. 

Would you give us humble and grateful hearts this week as we remember and reflect on that which is most valuable and most important.  Thank you for our families and for our friends.  Thank you for the love and fellowship we share as a community of faith known as The Hallows Church.  But, most of all, thank you for sending your Son to do for us what we could never have done for ourselves.  Would we not take for granted the many blessings in our lives; rather, would we give thanks always and for everything to you, Lord, in Jesus name, amen.