November 27

Philippians 4:4-9

“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” vs. 6

Thanksgiving Eve has become a favorite time for interfaith services. It seems that we can, for at least one day, put aside differences and concentrate on that which we have in common. And that’s a good thing! All of us, regardless of religious affiliation, receive amazing blessings from God, and it’s proper for us to come together to offer our praise and thanksgiving to God. Actually, that would be a good thing for us to do every day–Paul seems to indicate that his advice is a way to avoid the pesky anxiety and worry that plagues believers on the journey. He further indicates that there’s nothing wrong with letting our requests be made known to God. Each of us have areas of dis-ease and we should feel comfortable in asking for healing and completeness, both for ourselves and for others. When we can adopt this kind of rhythm in our lives, i.e. daily prayer that includes thanksgiving and supplication, we will find ourselves well on the way to the contentment and serenity that we all crave. Who knows, we might even find ourselves spontaneously singing for joy–every day! And for those who think that Paul was being unrealistic, it’s helpful to be reminded that he offered this optimistic advice while being held in prison on trumped up charges! He’s anything but a Pollyanna!

Thought for the Day: For what do I give thanks every day?

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