Thanksgiving means getting together with family and friends, breaking out the good china, cooking copious amounts of delicious food, then shoveling it in and wondering how we’ll ever make it to the Black Friday sales before our top buttons burst.
I’ve been looking at my family photo albums as I tend to do this time of year. And I have to say one thing stands out to me and it’s hilarious! Every single Thanksgiving picture I have shows my family in the very best light… forks raised, cramming food into our faces like it’s our last meal. Not one picture is of us laughing or hugging or telling stories, but you’ll just have to believe me when I say we shared those times too.
When I see these pictures my heart smiles. They bring back the cherishied memories of the wonderful times we spent together. And they remind me how special each member of my family is. Each of them has a unique part to play in our family and what can I say… I love them! 🥰
Thanksgiving is also a time we set aside to reflect on everything that’s happened over the past year. Mostly we talk about the the good times, maybe even go around the table and say what we’re grateful for. (If you can get it all in before someone faints away from hunger.) But personally, I think it’s okay to talk about all the bad stuff too. Because without those hard times we wouldn’t appreciate the happy ones and the people that made them possible.
As I’ve grown a little older, Thanksgiving has become more than just a day on the calendar. And more than a once a year type of thing.
And the funny thing is… that’s how the Bible sees it too. There are a lot of Bible Verses about thanksgiving. Not the American holiday as we see it today. But instead, a heartfelt gratitude for God and all He has done in our lives.
So, with that in mind, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite Grateful Bible Verses for Thanksgiving. Each one shows God in His very best light… holding us up when we’re down and loving us no matter what. Because He is good, always so good!
I pray these scriptures will fill your heart with thankfulness for all our loving and faithful Heavenly Father has done this past year!
Be blessed and have a Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃
in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Offer to God thanksgiving,
And pay your vows to the Most High.
But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.
For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;
1 Timothy 4:4
I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.
Turkey and cranberry sauce. Crescent rolls and pie. Kitchen counters overflowing with yummy food. Tabletops set with the good china. Warm hugs and carefree smiles. These are the pictures that fill my mind when I think of Thanksgiving. They comfort me and make me feel at home.
Do you have a picture in your mind’s eye of Thanksgiving? Is it something close to my crazy family photos? Or is it more subdued and Norman Rockwell like? However you’re celebrating this year I hope you see the goodness of God in your life and all He is doing for you right now. May your heart be filled with thankfulness this holiday season!
Did one of these Grateful Bible Verses for Thanksgiving strike a chord with you? Please leave a comment below and let me know which one. I promise to read and answer each comment. God bless! 😇