And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them… There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear. 1 John 4:16-18
Heavenly Father, this passage underscores the wonders of your love, the heartbeat of the Gospel, and the great power of your kindness. It also underscores our calling to love all kinds of people, in all kinds of situations, all the time—including Thanksgiving.

Help us prep our hearts, not just our kitchens. Relationships expose our need for the Gospel more than anything else. At a time when our nation, families, and friendships have stress-fractures along political, viral, or spiritual lines, may your love be supersized in our hearts, and revealed in our brokenness.

Help us rely on your great love for us in Jesus, whatever our situation. None of us is beyond the need or reach of your grace, (including me, and you!).

We also pray for those unable to gather this year—because of COVID or other reasons. We’re grateful for technology like Zoom, FaceTime, and good ole phones, but it’s just not the same. How might we show your kindness to the lonely and isolated? Meet us in our own stories and “stuff,” Father.

Whatever culinary delights decorate our Thanksgiving menu, may the greatest feast be your welcoming heart, Fatherly kindness, and extraordinary grace. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.