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The Apostle Paul encourages us with these words: “Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks to Him through God the Father” (Colossians 3:17).

As we examine this text, we see that prayer is a constant event in the life of a Christian. And one of the main parts of that prayer is giving thanks to God.

This month our nation recognizes a day set aside to give thanks. The original presidential proclamations of this holiday all point out that the subject of our thanks should be our Creator – the Lord God of the Bible. In Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation, he wrote that we give thanks for the “gracious gifts of the Most High God.” And he described Thanksgiving as “a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.”

Give thanks to God for all our gifts. That is exactly what we all should do this Thanksgiving and every day after that (just as Colossians 3:17 commands).

Larry Fitzgerald
Woodlawn church of Christ
Abilene, TX

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