What’s at the Center of Your Thanksgiving Table?


And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
iving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians 3:17


Tomorrow, hosts of people young and old—from many vantage points and walks of life—will gather for a meal, presumably to “give thanks.” Will you be among them?

What will you give thanks for? When, and to whom, will you give your gratitude?

Beyond a turkey, who or what will be at the center of your Thanksgiving table? Will talk of side dishes, super sales, and football games become the fill of the day? Will time for expressing gratitude extend beyond a brief moment of silence or a pre-feast prayer?

And what about your guest list? Will the seats around your table be offered only to those who think, feel, act, vote, worship, and believe like you or will your generosity and gratitude make room for an expanded seating chart and genuine welcome for those different than you?

Tomorrow is great day to give thanks. It’s also a great day to demonstrate gratitude through your conversations, prayers, actions, and attitudes. How will genuine gratitude find expression in and through your life this Thanksgiving Day and beyond?

Whatever you do tomorrow, and however you do it, may you “do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”



Take some time alone with God today to decide the kind of day you want to be a part of and offer yourself to tomorrow.

John Boyd

John Boyd is a writer, teacher, equipper, and mentor who longs to lead those hungering and thirsting for “more” to places of greater depth and intimacy with Jesus. John is married to Shannon and they have three adult children.

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