Thanksgiving can be tricky as holidays go. We prepare our homes and hearts for family gatherings, make room on our tables and our calendars to celebrate the bounty of our lives and the goodness of our God. But sometimes giving thanks is easier said – even easier planned for – than done.
Life does not magically get easier or shinier during the holidays. The hard things we are in the midst of are still hard. In fact, the sharp edges of our difficult circumstances are even more painful when juxtaposed with the beautiful orange and brown place settings, with the coming of Christmas lights and holiday cheer.
But God. He is with us in every circumstance. He is with us in the joy and pain, in the plenty and need, in certainty and confusion.
And His presence with us? THAT is why we can give thanks.
That is why our circumstances are just that – they are circumstances. The heart and hope of the gospel does not change. Ever. And if that gospel – that Savior Jesus and that Creator Father and that Holy Spirit Companion – if they are here with us even in this, then how are we not to praise him? How can we help but give thanks?
In the coming 12 days, let’s explore what it means to give thanks in all of life’s seasons. Let’s discover how to do Thanksgiving in light of God’s word. Let’s remember that gratitude is not a just a list of thank yous, but heart turning daily toward Christ.
Join us here Monday for Day 1 of Give Thanks. (And here is a direct link to the plan on YouVersion!)
For this Give Thanks plan, our writing team thought it would be special to offer an extra layer of worship and devotion to our quiet time. For each of the twelve days in this plan, we have selected a companion hymn or song – lots of old favorites that we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we do.
And since, in this case, there’s nothing wrong with taking a little peek at what’s to come, we invite you to enjoy our Spotify Give Thanks playlist in advance and throughout this study. Blessings, sisters!