Nov. 25, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope it’s a blessed and joyous day for you and yours.
The 1928 Book of Common Prayer shows two New Testament readings that are suggested for Thanksgiving Day; they are 1Thess and John 6:26-35. I chose the 1Thess because I don’t think it’s as familiar as the Gospel of St. John.
I like verse 18 – In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Each night as I lay in bed I thank God for the day – good, bad, or indifferent, He’s been gracious to me and I’m thankful.
We’re good at praising God but maybe not as careful to give thanks. For a long while, I did a rosary of thanksgiving. I used the Roman Catholic rosary beads with the four decades. I sat down one day and wrote out all the things I was most grateful for; the ten things most important to me was spoken at each bead (one at a time, of course) and saying the Lord’s Prayer at the large beads. Then I’d gotten a new job that was farther from my home and required more hours so I adapted to my circumstances …
I bought Anglican prayer beads. Not many people know we Anglicans have beads, too. I have to chuckle – people always think of the Roman Catholic beads and forget that other folks need to count and keep track, too! I’ve provided a link that I think is useful – it explains the beads and includes the prayers. I have no connection with the seller, I don’t get paid anything for supplying the link; I just think it’s a good site for the prayers and the pictures of the Anglican rosary. https://www.allsaintsomaha.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/anglican-rosary-prayers-v3.pdf#:~:text=The%20Anglican%20Rosary%20Praying%20the%20rosary%20is%20a,put%20us%20in%20a%20prayerful%20frame%20of%20mind.
Praise God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – every day but don’t forget to be thankful, too. He is a gracious giver; be a gracious receiver.