Giving Thanks

Give thanks to The Lord, for He is good.

His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.

His love endures forever.

— Psalm 136:1-2 (NIV)

The cantor sings out.

The people respond.

Thanksgiving in their hearts.

Praise on their lips.

And, so, on this day we do the same.

We give thanks for so many things.

God who called us.

The people who send us.

The ones who pray to keep us.

The friends we've met along the way.

As we sit down around the table today with family, we do so in humble gratitude for the journey.

We do so remembering family who are gathered at other tables today.

We do so remembering those of our family and friends with whom we won't dine until the Kingdom is fully come.

We do so remembering friends, who this year became family to us, in Central Asia and Thailand and Colorado Springs.

We do so remembering those who have given financially to support our work.

We do so remembering those whose prayers have sustained us and kept us and guarded us and protected us and encouraged us.

We do so remembering those who have served as Pastors to us–gently shepherding us through the tough times and celebrating with us in the good times.

As you sit at your respective tables today, know that we are thankful for you. And, together may we all proclaim the words of the Psalmist:


Praise God in his holy house of worship,

Praise Him under open skies;

Praise Him for His acts of power,

Praise Him for his magnificent greatness,

Praise with a blast on the trumpet,

Praise by strumming soft strings;

Praise Him with castanets and dance,

Praise Him with banjo and flute;

Praise Him with cymbals and a big bass drum,

Praise Him with fiddles and mandolin.

Let every living, breathing creature praise GOD!


— Psalm 150 (The Message)



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