An assortment of articles, book recommendations, blog posts, podcasts and other links that we hope you find helpful.

9 Things You Should Know About Thanksgiving: A helpful history and thoughts on Thanksgiving.

10 Key Bible Verses on Gratitude: “Gratitude to God is essential, but not only for the sake of the good things that he bestows. The Christian is called to be grateful and content not just for what God gives but for who he is. Be encouraged by these passages and commentary from the ESV Study Bible.”

Giving Thanks to Jesus: Randy Alcorn – “As it has been for many of you, 2020 has been a difficult year for Nanci and me for many reasons. But the more difficult the year, the more we need to take time to focus on giving thanks and praising our God of grace.”

A Puritan Prayer of Thanksgiving: A prayer from the book Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. I recommend using it as a guide to lead you in a time of prayer.

Look to God in Loneliness: “Alone again……Not for the first time, and certainly not for the last. But in a world ridden with change and uncertainty, I suddenly found the weight of my solitude crushing. Even though this week prompted abundant meditation on the grace of God in my life, my empty home reminded me yet again that being a follower of Christ does not make me exempt from loneliness.”

Groaning Yet Grateful: “So how do you give thanks when your heart groans? How do you live in the tension as Christians who practice both thanksgiving and lament? Or, why might we especially need to lean into gratitude this Thanksgiving, with all the challenges, frustrations, and trials 2020 has brought?”

My Life Has Not Turned Out the Way I Expected: “A year ago, before the shadow of Covid darkened our skies, my daughter wrote a guest post. As we look for the light at the end of the 2020 tunnel, it relates to our lives now even more. The most powerful lessons of thanksgiving often come from the least likely of dark places.”

Not Much to Be Thankful For: “What if you were called on this Thanksgiving to give a report of what you were thankful for? If you could say, not what you ought to say, but what is strictly true, what would come out of your mouth? What makes you really happy?”

This Thanksgiving, Come to the Table: Thoughts on Thanksgiving and how it can point us to our acceptance at the Lord’s Table.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Pastor Matt