Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on November 28, 2013.
Prayer: Thank you for giving us life and love, God. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 67 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: It was President Abraham Lincoln who declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday. Of course, the first thanksgiving was celebrated in this country when the pilgrims made it safely to Plymouth, Massachusetts in the 17th century. Each year, families gather together to share a meal and to reflect on what they are thankful for.
Growing up, Thanksgiving was a family affair. My grandparents would usually come from Maryland for the noontime meal. We would usually be watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when they arrived. That evening, a game of cards for the adults was the norm and the next day, my grandmother and mother would go check out the bargains during Black Friday sales while turkey corn soup cooked in the kitchen.
Look at your thanksgiving table this year and reflect on the number of people it took to make that meal possible. Think of the farmers who harvested food, the truck drivers who transported it to the store, the young men and women who stocked the shelves, the cashier who rang up the meal, and the hands that prepared the dishes in your kitchen. And then think of and thank God. For through God all this was done, so we could spend some time with our families, giving thanks for God’s mighty works. –Chad Hershberger
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