Today is Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stop, be thankful for we have been blessed

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On this national holiday in the midst of a sumptuous feast, warm conversations with family and friends and not to mention great football, it is important to stop and reflect on the ways we have been blessed. Let’s pause and offer a prayer of thank as we remember the one who has blessed us in such profound ways.

Our Father in heaven,

You are holy and loving. You are just and merciful. You created our amazing and beautiful world and our intricate and complex bodies. You have come near to us in Jesus and have filled us with your Holy Spirit. You give us life, joy, purpose and meaning and for all of this we are deeply grateful.

On this Thanksgiving, we are especially thankful to live in a nation that provides us with wonderful freedoms and numerous opportunities. We believe your sovereign hand has guided our great country from the very beginning until now. You have seen us through many good days and some difficult ones too. We ask that you bless our new president, other government leaders and our brave men and women serving our country in the armed services. We thank you for their courage and sacrifice. We understand, Heavenly Father, that we have been uniquely blessed and with these blessings come great responsibilities. We as a people have many faults and failings and yet we desire to reflect your glory and become a more perfect union. Help us to become more kind and compassionate, more thoughtful and helpful toward “the least of these.” Help us to become more gracious and generous.

We are also thankful to live in this beautiful part of the world. We are thankful for the men and women who have taken upon themselves the mantle of leadership in our city and county. May you give them wisdom and compassion as they lead and direct our local affairs. We ask that you protect and be with our police officers, fire fighters and emergency management technicians. We are grateful for their dedication and service to our community.

Father we are thankful for the way you have blessed us personally. We thank you for the joy our families bring us. We are thankful for the gift of marriage. We ask Lord that you teach us to love one another even as Christ loves the church. We ask Father that you be with parents that they would love, nurture and discipline their children as you love, nurture and discipline us. We ask Lord that you would bless our children that they may grow up to worship you and be a blessing to our community. Keep them safe and healthy.

We are thankful for our jobs and work places. May we find joy and purpose in the work to which you have called us.

Father, we know these are difficult and trying times economically. Help us in the coming days to be brothers and sisters to one another as we provide a listening ear, a helping hand or a word of encouragement.

We pray your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaver.

For all of this we give thanks in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Kevin Owen, Preaching Minister
College Hills Church of Christ

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