A Family Thanksgiving
Devotion for Thanksgiving at Home
With everything so disrupted by the COVID restrictions, many churches are not having a Thanksgiving service, and many people are staying at home.
Download the devotion at the link below, print off a few copies and “Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is Good, and His mercy endures forever.”
A Family Thanksgiving
The purpose of a Christian thanksgiving is not just to identify what we are thankful FOR, but TO WHOM we give thanks. This Thanksgiving Devotion is provided so that we may offer up thanks to the One who has made us, blessed us with life, called us to faith in Christ, and promised us the treasures of eternal life.
You may begin with a hymn if you wish, and as you wish. You may sing it, or perhaps the host will read the verses, and everyone chime in on the last line.
Americans aren’t the first to think up the idea of a thanksgiving celebration, of course. Giving thanks has always been a big part of worship. In fact, we can go back almost 3000 years to the prophet David and this well-known Psalm, #145. After reading the psalm you may close with a prayer.
PRAISING GOD’S GREATNESS
A hymn of David.
1 I exalt you, my God the King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
2 I will bless you every day;
I will praise your name forever and ever.
3 The Lord is great and is highly praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation will declare your works to the next
and will proclaim your mighty acts.
5 I will speak of your splendor and glorious majesty
and your wondrous works.
6 They will proclaim the power of your awe-inspiring acts,
and I will declare your greatness.,
7 They will give a testimony of your great goodness
and will joyfully sing of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and great in faithful love.
9 The Lord is good to everyone;
his compassion rests on all he has made.
10 All you have made will thank you, Lord;
the faithful will bless you.
11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom
and will declare your might,
12 informing all people of your mighty acts
and of the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;
your rule is for all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words
and gracious in all his actions.,
14 The Lord helps all who fall;
he raises up all who are oppressed.,
15 All eyes look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all his acts.
18 The Lord is near all who call out to him,
all who call out to him with integrity.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry for help and saves them.
20 The Lord guards all those who love him,
but he destroys all the wicked.
21 My mouth will declare the Lord’s praise;
let every living thing
bless his holy name forever and ever.
Gracious Father in heaven, we give thanks to you for all the mercies you have given to us, for life and health and strength and for the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus, our Savior. We praise you for your goodness and generosity to us. We remember the good things in life that come from you, such as family, friends, love, joy, peace, and also the good things to each. Fill our hearts by your holy word with the constant assurance of your goodness, so that ours will be grateful hearts, grateful to you, the true and living God, now and forever. AMEN.