Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23
Key verses: (15-19) I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.
Reflection: On this Thanksgiving Day we make a concerted effort to give thanks for all the things for which we can be grateful. As we become aware of the many people in our neighborhoods, our country, and our world that do not have even the basics to sustain and nurture life, we can surely give thanks for a roof over our heads, warmth in our homes, food on our tables, and having cars and the means to travel to family and friends near and far.
But also today I am prompted by the author of the letter to the Ephesians who gave thanks for the people that made up the community of faith and all those who had offered their love and care. It makes me think of all the people whose lives intersect with ours that make our lives, if not easier, more bearable.
So, today, I give thanks for:
- the retail clerks working long and very odd hours to serve us, especially those
- working holiday hours in interstate gas stations and in restaurants
- delivery truck drivers who make sure our gifts to a loved one arrive on time
- mail carriers who keep us connected to the larger community
- technical support staff who patiently ensures our internet connection is working so
- we can travel around the world from an office desk
- drivers who let us pull into the main flow of traffic
- waitresses who tell us to have a good day and mean it
- children at church on Sunday who are glad to see you
- adults who call you by name and greet you with a smile
- friends whose constancy is not diminished by the passing years
- friends who stick with us when we are down
- all those who celebrate our joys and successes
- colleagues and co-workers who join in a common task
- spouses, children, and grandchildren who give each day meaning and purpose
For all these people, and many more, who have helped us be who we are and where we are, let us give thanks to them and to God.
Prayer: We do not cease to give thanks, O God, for all those we remember in our prayers – everyone whose life touches our own in large and small ways. May our gratitude be verbal and visible on this and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Von Clemans
[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].