Psalms 100:

Blessings to everyone! As I meditate and reflect upon this holiday season, many things this year are different. And somethings will remain the same. 

As children of God, giving thanks is not a seasonal thing. Every day in the life of a believer is a day of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a call to worship (Psalm 95:2) and a call to prayer (Philippians 4:6). Let us not forget we are to give thanks “in everything” otherwise, we can easily overlook the small things and fall into the sin of thanklessness. When we remember who the rightful owner is—it is then we can freely and earnestly give Him thanks (Psalm 24:1).

We shouldn’t be overly concerned with the things of this world. Nor should we take for granted the importance and spiritual benefits of giving thanks in our prayers.  Dedication to God is the basis of a believer’s commitment (Proverbs 16:3). We must remember, God made everything for Himself, and thanklessness is dangerous (Proverbs 16:4). Ingratitude is a sin against God (Romans 1:21) and the proud in heart is an abomination to God (Proverbs.16:5). We are to commit ourselves to God and not conform to the world (Romans 12:1-2). 

So wherever you find yourself this Thanksgiving Day—start where you are, use what you know, and do what you have been created to do. Worship, Pray, and Praise God! Whatever situation you find yourself in, just relax and know this is the will of God concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Live in a continual state of thanksgiving. We should remain constant, consistent, and resolute in giving thanks to God. Allow your life of thankfulness to become contagious to those around you. Walk, talk, and live in the Holy Spirit of God. Giving thanks always, bearing in mind that Thanksgiving is not just a season—it’s a lifestyle! Can the world say this about you?

God Bless you and your families always. Pray without ceasing...

 

— Sister Catherine Raphael