by Catherine McNiel on November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving! On this day, as our country turns to family, turkey, and football, I am thankful for you, my church family, and pray you set aside significant time to give thanks to God.

What is on your Thanksgiving list? What are you and your family thanking God for this year? This holiday of gratitude can become a prompt to consider the year that has passed, and all the ways we have struggled and rejoiced. Where was pain and trouble? Where did we find courage and endurance? Where did God provide in ways that we could not notice until now, looking back?

Our reading for the day was not chosen with Thanksgiving in mind, but happily for us, the Bible is full of passages expressing praise and thanks to God. Today’s reading is no exception. Here are a few verses that stand out to me:

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)

Peter is not talking about America as “a holy nation” but the Body of Christ around the world.  And we are part of this incredible family, God’s special possession! Once we were not a people, but now we are God’s people.

That’s going on my Thanksgiving list for sure! After all, God did this “that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Let’s get to it!

Questions for reflection and discussion: What are you thankful for this year? Where have you seen God calling you out of darkness and into His wonderful light in both good and hard times? What is your prayer for the months to come?

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