Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23
Key verse: (16) “I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.”
Reflection: Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! While 2020 has been a year for the books, I pray you can still find much to be thankful for this year. Our gatherings are no doubt different today, but our reasons for giving thanks remain the same. What’s on your list of blessings to be thankful for this year? Each Thanksgiving we talk about that as a family. We’re thankful for family, for the love we share, for health, for the blessings of our respective callings in life. This Thanksgiving, the absence of my father-in-law will be profoundly felt. But even that sadness points to the blessing of his life and love we knew for so many years. What’s on your list today?
Paul’s list in today’s reading focuses on the saints in Ephesus. He has heard of their faith, and of their love toward all the saints, and so he does not cease to give thanks for them. Paul’s words speak across the centuries, for he gives thanks not only for the saints in Ephesus but for all the saints who through the years read these words. And his prayer for them becomes a prayer for us, that we might be given “a spirit of wisdom and revelation as we come to know Christ, that the “eyes of our hearts” might be enlightened, so that we “may know what is the hope to which Christ has called us.” What a beautiful prayer!
This Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks for you, the saints of Myers Park Presbyterian Church, for your faithfulness through this unprecedented time, for your love shared with our congregation. And I pray for continuing wisdom and revelation in your walk with Christ, that the eyes of your heart might be enlightened to know the hope that is ours in Christ. God bless you and yours today and always.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for the saints of our church and for the ministry we share. Give us wisdom and revelation that the eyes of our hearts might be opened to hope for better days ahead. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
Author: Joe Clifford
[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].