Thanksgiving Day is almost upon us!
The best things in life are unexpected gifts dropped on us through grace alone. In the Lutheran faith tradition, we believe that we are to treasure the time we spend with God more than the requests we want him to fulfill. We are to be grateful for every day that we have been blessed with life.
We give thanks that we are part of a larger community that hears the cries of people and responds in love. With deep gratitude we thank God for all who give of their time and resources to help people in need.
For the gift of friends and family we give thanks.
For the beauty of creation that shows itself in this season we give thanks.
For the gift of a new day we give thanks.
It has been found that people who live their life with gratitude are generally happier and healthier.
Being grateful for our blessings help us to be happy and spiritually strong. In our prayers of thanksgiving, we see how God is present even when we struggle. And as we pause to give thanks, we understand that we experience God everyday through the love and care of others.