Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23
Key verse: Ephesians 1:16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.
Reflection: Happy Thanksgiving! Whatever your plans for the day, whether you are at home or away, whether you are gathering with family or friends or you are alone, whether you will eat a traditional turkey dinner or something a little different, take time today to express your thanksgiving. Consider making a list of things you are thankful for, or writing a prayer of gratitude to God.
Most of the New Testament letters begin with an opening salutation followed by a prayer for the recipients of the letter. The writer of today’s passage is grateful for the faith of the Ephesians and for the love they have for one another. This gratitude inspires prayers of thanksgiving for the Ephesians.
Who are you thankful for today? Who has made a positive difference in your life? Who has shared the good news of Jesus with you? Who has been a role model of love for you? Say a prayer of gratitude for that person. And I encourage you to contact that person to let them know what they mean to you. You might be nervous that the conversation will be awkward or corny, but I bet the other person will be so glad to hear from you.
If you’ve got a few minutes, watch this video to see how powerful gratitude can be. A warning – have some tissues handy while you watch! (note: there are two instances of raw language in this clip that may not be suitable for children and youth)
Prayer: O God, today I am thankful for so much and for so many. Make me aware of the blessings you have given me, not just the material things but the spiritual gifts of your presence and your grace and your power. Give me the courage and strength I need to express my gratitude to those who have made a difference for me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].