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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 24, 2022

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THURSDAY, November 24      Thanksgiving Day

Psalm 100:2-4 Know this: The Lord himself is God; he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; give thanks to him and call upon his Name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Technically, Thanksgiving is a secular holiday, in that it was officially recognized by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Many people struggle with the complex history of the holiday of Thanksgiving. But Christians have an alternative view to offer. Thanksgiving should not be a day on which we express our gratitude to humanity, living or dead. Rather, we should view this as a day set aside to acknowledge the presence of the Divine in our lives and to recognize that all we possess is a testimony to God’s care. It is also a season to express thankfulness for life and for the lives of the people we love. Gratitude should be offered every day—and especially on this one.

MOVING FORWARD: Offer the prayer for Thanksgiving Day found in the Book of Common Prayer, p. 246.

PRAY for the Diocese of Nnewi (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers .

Deuteronomy 26:1-11 | Psalm 100 | Philippians 4:4-9 | John 6:25-35

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