So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Col. 2:6-7 

Lord Jesus, on this Sunday before Thanksgiving Day, we want to get an early start on expressing gratitude—perhaps, the most profound protest we can make in an era of “I, me, mine.” Though some things might threaten our joy this year, our worship-worthy realities exponentially outnumber our whine-worthy ones.

To name a few… the nanosecond you gave us faith to trust you as our Savior, we were (1) fully forgiven, (2) robed in your righteousness, and (3) adopted as Abba’s children. You’ve given us so many grace-riches, but make these 3 more real than our fears, losses, and hurts.

We are citizens of heaven, heirs of the new earth, and destined to be as lovely and loving as you (1 John 3:1-3). Absolutely nothing can alter, deter, or spoil your plan for us, and the entire cosmos. You are that sovereign and that good.

Jesus, we wish we were already finished with all carping and complaining, boohoo-ing and bellyaching. But until that Day, cause an artesian fountain of grace and kindness to spring up in our hearts, for the benefit of others and the praise of your glory. So very Amen we pray, in your tender and triumphant name.