I stood in our kitchen this morning and scrolled through social media posts of people preparing Thanksgiving Day meals as Daniel worked at our dining room table.

All at once, I was overcome with immense gratitude for this season of life.

It’s full of enriching friendships and fulfilling work—both blessings we don’t deserve but have received.

For Daniel, it’s working as a Worship Pastor. Every week, he teaches congregants and team members truths of the Gospel through music. Every week, he meditates on the attributes of God through music.

For me, it’s serving the church body. Every week, I get to meet with college-aged adults and learn more about who God is. Every week, I get to discuss the attributes of God, His salvation, and practical theology with Daniel.

Sometimes the every week rhythm of life can become mundane. Sometimes we can lose sight of Who gave us the gifts and opportunities. Sometimes the stress of it all can turn to disgruntled thoughts of wanting more.

But on this day, I thank God for the gifts and opportunities we have.

Daniel read this apt general thanksgiving prayer for church on Sunday.

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life
again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

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