Today's Lectionary Text
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
This week, our devotions will center on what our conference staff members shared by writing things we are thankful for on large Post-it Note pads. Please read to the end to see how you can participate.
One of our favorite parts of living out our faith is building and nurturing relationships. And that’s what today’s Thanksgiving devotion is all about.
Many of our conference staff members noted that they were thankful for their families. In whatever form those families take, we’re grateful for the times of nurturing, tender care, support and bonding that comes with these special relationships. From our parents to our children to grandparents, aunts and uncles to siblings, we give thanks for knowing there are people to whom we can turn when we face difficult times and people who will celebrate with use in times of joy.
We give thanks for spouses and significant others who walk this journey of life with us, sharing our hopes and dreams, providing us with prayer partners, and serving as our closest companions.
We give thanks to those special people known as grandchildren, with the wonder that accompanies them as they enter the world and the chances we have to spoil them – and then send them home to their parents.
We deeply appreciate the family members made by choice through adoption. These children may not share our genes, but they certainly share our hearts, and they complete our families. And thank you to the parents who opened their homes and hearts to children in need of families to love and care for them.
We also give thanks for friendships. Some are new and are still being explored, while others have stretched decades with people who know us better, in some cases, than our own flesh and blood. From girls’ nights out to men’s retreats to unexpected phone calls from friends living far away, this connection is truly treasured.
We’re grateful for co-workers, for the laughs shared while we go about our daily tasks to coffee breaks where we learn more about one another.
We’re also thankful for our furry friends – the spastic cat who runs and jumps all over the place, the loyal dog who chases balls all over the yard, and many other kinds of companions that God has entrusted to us to care for and love.
On this Thanksgiving Day, don't forget that you have a Savior who wants a relationship with you as well. Please pause to reflect on that point and on the relationships you treasure. It may be a parent, a child, a neighbor down the street, a high school friend, or a Labrador retriever. Regardless, give thanks for the loved ones in your life on this special day.
– Todd Seifert, communications director
Share something about relationships that you are most thankful for by posting a photo you have taken yourself or some reflective words on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Please use the hashtag #GPUMCgivesthanks.
Prayer for Reflection
Gracious God, we thank you for the relationships you have provided for us, the loved ones who have crossed our lives and the people who stand with us through times of heartbreak and joy. Thank you for wanting and giving us a way to have a strong relationship with you. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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