Thanksgiving Devotion Nov 16
Written by: Mandy Jones
Scripture: Philippians 1:3-6
When counting my blessings or things I am thankful for, the things that are always at the top of the list are people. I am SO THANKFUL for the people God has put in my life-my family, my friends, my church community. For me, Christ speaks and moves so clearly through the relationships and people in my life. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
I love these verses Paul writes to the church in Philippi, some of his dearest friends, because he writes so tenderly and lovingly: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” It convicts me to pray more for the people in my life. While I usually do pretty well communicating and loving people, I don’t always remember to pray for people unless something is wrong. I’m always trying to do better at that.
Covid has given me new perspective about a lot of things, especially how important the people in my life are. While I would never ask for the events that have unfolded, one positive thing is the new appreciation I have for my friends and family. I will never again take lunches and birthday parties, gatherings and time together for granted! If we believe Paul’s words then we believe that no matter what season we are in right now, Christ will continue the good work he began in us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the blessings you generously pour out on us. Forgive us for taking those blessings for granted. We are grateful that you never give up on us, that your faith in us is not dependent on our faith in you. Thank you for the people you have put in our lives to guide us, love us and walk with us as we grow closer to you. Be with us throughout this holiday season, and though we might be separated from loved ones, remind us that we are never alone, and that we are loved beyond measure.