This Thursday – Thanksgiving Day – is not an official entry on our liturgical calendar. Nevertheless, this is a significant holiday for Christians, as we humbly seek to give thanks to God for all of the countless blessings we have received.
Throughout this special season, as we celebrate, enjoy, and give thanks to God for God’s bounty, it is also appropriate to intone the refrain from Psalm 116, “What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?” In that very spirit, our Presbyterian Hunger Program through its Enough for Everyone ministry has resourced us with a wealth of alternative Thanksgiving ideas,which can help us to extend the love and fellowship of Christ both at – and beyond – our own dining room tables. Through activities such as worship, play, service to others, and advocacy initiatives, we can do justice, make a difference, and live faithfully, thereby truly returning thanks to God.
Wherever this Thanksgiving Day may find you, I pray that you will be sated both physically and spiritually in the One in whom we neither hunger nor thirst. May our prayers, praise, and actions on Thanksgiving Day – and every day – serve to raise a triumphant song of thanksgiving to God!