Thanksgiving Devotion Nov 28
Written by: Lynne Hackedorn
Scripture: Psalm 28:7
First, let me say that I hope you all had a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day. For many of us, Thanksgiving this year was not like those we celebrated in the past. Last year airline travel during the Thanksgiving holiday broke records because so many Americans desired to be with family and friends for this special holiday. Sadly, this year many of us were not able to celebrate with those we hold most dear because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing and protecting our loved ones who may be vulnerable to the disease. With the months-long COVID-19 fatigue many of us are experiencing, this inability to be with those we love on Thanksgiving was that much more difficult.
Yet, we can rejoice in the sure knowledge that there was one who was with us at our Thanksgiving tables, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He knows our joys, our fears, our desires and our longings. As the scripture assures us, “The Lord is our strength and our shield, in whom our hearts can trust.” As Christians, we know this to be true particularly in times such as these. What a blessing this is to us all!
My precious Mother turned 90 this month. She lives in a lovely assisted living facility in Houston and because of the need to protect her and all of the other residents of the facility, we were not able to celebrate this birthday milestone as we would have otherwise. Mom also was not able to join us for our Thanksgiving family gathering for the first time ever. While this was not what my family wanted for her or for ourselves, I give my thanks and praise to God for my loving, gracious and caring Mother who continues to bring such joy and happiness to all who know her. And as the scripture says, “…with my song I shall thank Him:”
“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation!
Oh my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!
Come, all who hear; now to his temple draw near,
Join me in glad adoration.”
Prayer: Our dear Heavenly Father, we give you thanks, today and every day, for all of your many blessings upon us. Thank you for being our strength and our shield, particularly in difficult times such as these, and help us to share with others the good news of your love and grace so that we may bring others closer to you. Hear us as we sing our songs of praises to you, dear Lord. For it is in your Son’s precious and loving name we pray, Amen.