“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures for ever!” (Psalm 107:1; RSV)
“O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart” (Psalm 95: 1-8a; KJV)
“Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord! Lord, hear my voice! Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If thou, O Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.” (Psalm 130:1-6; RSV)
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)
The Bible offers so much ample food for Thanksgiving–prayers of thanksgiving, praise, and supplication–innumerable ways to confide in the Lord who loves us with such an abundant and overflowing love. Prayer helps us to receive this love and incorporate it as food for our famished spirits.
In her morning podcast, Food for the Journey, Sr. Ann Shields today urges that we make a practice of finding at least one thing each day for which we are thankful, and then consciously thanking God for it. Even in times of trouble and struggle, it is possible to identify at least one thing for thanksgiving. This simple act helps us to notice the blessings He gives and the ways He is working in our lives that we might otherwise overlook. It is a source of hope.
Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate this holiday and happy thanksgiving to all!