In this season of Thanksgiving, we have much to be thankful for:

-For the freedom to worship God.
-For our family and friends who share their lives and love.
-For the provision of food and shelter that comes from Almighty God.
-For the men and women of the armed forces.
-For the police and firefighters.
-For our teachers.
-For those who volunteer their services to help those in need.

Show those you love and care for that you are thankful for them by:

-Spending time with them this season letting them know how thankful you are to them for being a part of your life. Tell them how much you love them and how much their love means to you.

-Start a family tradition. If you haven’t started a tradition, start one now. We live in a disconnected society and traditions can be anchors for us that build stability in our families.

-Reach out to someone who may be alone and may need a kind word or gesture to let them know that someone cares.

-Invite someone to share in your family meal on Thanksgiving. Breaking bread together is a way to show hospitality.

These are ways we can acknowledge that all that we have and all that we are comes from the Hand of God and we give thanks to Him for His love and care.

A Prayer of General Thanksgiving

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.