Friends, Maye and I are thankful that you are a such an important part of our lives, and we want to wish you a blessed Thanksgiving Day.
Let us be thankful together as we look back on this year and all of our lives because we can see all the ways God has lovingly shepherded us through the ups and downs of life, through shadowy valleys, through barren wilderness, into wide open spaces of freedom, to places of abundant provision, and by streams of grace where we found rest and strength for our souls.
Let us pause and look around in the present with gratitude as we see how far we’ve come by the unmerited and immeasurable grace of God.
Let us give thanks for all the ways we see God’s saving grace at work in our lives, in the lives of our family and friends, in and through the Church, and in God leading our broken world toward a healed world of equity, justice, peace, and reconciliation.
Today and every day, let us look ahead with thanksgiving to what God already has in store for us in the days to come with faith, hope, and love, knowing that God is already ahead of us, already waiting us, already knowing what we will need before we need it.
But most of all, let us be thankful because God will one “yonder morning” gloriously reveal to us what the Apostle Paul describes as “what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived.”
We are a thankful people today and always because we acknowledge that every good and perfect gift comes from above, cascading down from the Creator of light, who does not change like shifting shadows.
To God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus in all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.