1 Thessalonians 3:9-13: An Adequate Thanksgiving
We enter the month in the U.S. when we traditionally offer thanks for full harvests and healthy lives. This is a time when we ask what our gratitude means, how we best express it, and how we might best offer our thanks to God.
What would be an adequate thanksgiving to offer God for all the joy we experience?
We too often rely on ourselves alone when we tackle obstacles and solve problems. We must remember to include God in all our equations.
We do what we can, praying away, night and day, asking for the bonus of seeing your faces again and doing what we can to help when your faith falters.
Like the Thessalonians, we find that God is our best bulwark against the storm, the most reliable defender and protector.
May God our Father himself and our Master Jesus clear the road to you!
Like the Thessalonians, we find that God’s love can heal all injury and convert all harm.
And may the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from us to you.
May you be infused with strength and purity, filled with confidence in the presence of God our Father when our Master Jesus arrives with all his followers.
Like the Thessalonians, let us give more than adequate thanks for the presence of God in our days and nights, for the work of Christ during our highs and lows, for the love of the Spirit in good times and bad.
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