Thanksgiving and You

November 27, 2020

A Celebration of Faith and Friendship

Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Many thanks to each of you who have made the year special. Challenges? Yes, we’ve had a few and some continue to this very day. However, I’m finding God to be good, ever present and a ready listener in the times of trouble; and then, there’s you!

As God’s communities of disciples in night’s dark hours and sun’s summer heat, we persist. During these times, even though in this medium of blog-world we meet only online, you are a blessing.

Photo by Askar Abayev on

Some days I’m like the young man in this timely photo, present but distracted, wondering what’s going on with others. Unfortunately, there is no world-wide community table at which we can individually meet for an evening’s outdoor dinner.

Today I’m content to follow the few words of the intensely challenging instructions of our brother Paul from the long ago: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances…” I rejoice in our online connection and wish for each of you a time of spiritually rocking thanksgiving!

Life Applications

  1. What does thanksgiving look, feel and sound like for you?
  2. Can you list specific ways you practice the discipleship instructions of our brother Paul?

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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