Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. However you spend today, I pray the day is a joyful time full of thanks and gratitude for God’s bountiful rich blessings.
Amid all the joy of celebration, this day can sometimes be a challenge. Especially if there is an empty seat at our table. Or health issues restrict our ability to spend the day as we would like. Or others are unable to join us for whatever reason. Or unresolved problems threaten to steal our joy and thankfulness.
As we spend the day with those we love and enjoy, there might also be those with whom we disagree. Sandpaper people who irritate us and rub us the wrong way.
But you know what? They may feel the same way about us.
In Romans 12:18 the apostle Paul said, “As much as is possible, live peaceably with all men.”
Do you think Paul meant for us to live peaceably even during holiday get togethers when stress is at an all time high?
Maybe Paul meant for us to live peaceably with others, as much as it depends on us, especially during holiday get togethers.
In preparation for Thanksgiving get togethers, one thing we might do is ask God to clothe us with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and self-control. We might ask for his power to help us bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances we have against one another. Forgive as we’ve been forgiven. Love as we are loved.
May not just today, but everyday, be filled with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, forgiveness, patience and self-control.
How do you like to spend Thanksgiving?
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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV)
I wish you well.
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