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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Thanksgiving In Memory

Colossians 3:15b-17 – Be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (NIV)

One of the greatest things about celebrating Thanksgiving is the singing of long-time favourite hymns that keep coming back to us, hymns with words like: "Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things has done, in whom His world rejoices." With thanks comes praise, praise for beauty and love: "For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies, Lord of all to Thee we raise, this our sacrifice of praise." And more: "Now thank the Lord, we thank the Lord for all his love."

Thankfulness for God's love yields more praises like, "Come, let us all unite and sing, God is love; God is love. O tell to earth's remotest bound, in Christ is full redemption found; His blood can cleanse our sins away; His Spirit turns our night to day, and leads our soul with joy to say, 'God is love; God is love.' He will be with us all the way; God is love; God is love." "Come, let us sing of a wonderful love, tender and true, tender and true; out of the heart of the Father above, streaming to me and to you."

And for children too: "Can a little child like me thank the Father fittingly? Yes, oh yes, be good and true, patient, kind, in all you do; love the Lord, and do your part; learn to say with all your heart, 'Father, we thank Thee, Father, we thank Thee, Father in heaven, we thank Thee.'" Yes, how fitting and necessary are these words for us older folks too! So, "Sing them over again to me." "Come, ye thankful people, come."

Come with even more uplifting praise: "Morning has broken, like the first morning. Praise for the singing, praise for the morning; praise for them springing fresh from the Word. Praise every morning God's recreation of the new day."

On Thanksgiving Day, with reverence and awe, we can certainly say with the psalmist, "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24 ESV)

Prayer: Dear God, You have given us so much to be thankful for: Your love in Your self-giving Son Jesus Christ, Your presence in Your Spirit, Your Word in the Bible, Your free salvation that requires of us only faith, and that, too, is a gift from You. So we give thanks to You for You are good; Your love endures forever" (from Psalm 107:1). Thanks for songwriters. Thank You for Your eternal promise of heaven. We dedicate to You a thankful heart. Use it, Lord, that others may know. May we be thankful day by day. Amen.

Isabel Allison <>
Roland, Manitoba, Canada

Thought for Today: I want to lead people to Jesus, not just tell them where to find Him. – Andrew Micklefield

Verse for Today: Romans 16:27 – To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. (NIV)

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Today's Prayer Partnership request: posted by The Presbyterian Church in Canada <>
On this National Housing Day, pray that all Canadians have access to safe, adequate, and affordable housing.

Finalize adoption! posted on 11/21/2017
Daughter C and son in law C are still awaiting the finalization of the adoption of A and His sister F. It has been in the process for over a year and they need closure! Final paper signing has been delayed several time due to someone's error of filing wrong paperwork. In Jesus name may all be completed if they are to adopt these beautiful children that are loved by our large family. Amen

Unexpected job threat posted on 11/21/2017
My sister was just informed the business she works for has unexpectedly been put up for sale. Should this work place not be bought, she and others will lose their job. Please join me in prayer that God will guide these people through this worrisome time. May God's will be done. Amen.

Update on "In God we trust" originally posted by Adriana Avram on 11/19/2017:
"Going for knee replacement and having to go through the surgery and recoup all alone, just me and..." (more)
Praise Report posted on 11/21/2017: Thank you all for the extraordinary outpour of compassion. Please continue to pray for a little bit.

Joyce posted by Joyce on 11/21/2017
My son John was unexpectedly told his work will end this coming Friday Nov. 24th. A telephone message arrived for him yesterday from a previous application he had made a year ago for a position. Pray to our Lord for John to find work immediately and give him peace in his heart. Thanks be to Jesus.

Depression posted on 11/21/2017
Hi: Please pray for B is getting more depressed every day. His job has a lot of pressure and he asked for help from his boss who is ignoring him. He needs help from his boss to help easy the pressure. He urgently needs our prayers. Please pray he will get the help and support he desperately needs.

Thankful posted by Karen A. Goodings on 11/21/2017
This is more of a praise report and giving thanks that our great granddaughter is now home and recovering from her operation. Her body functions are working on their own and her parents, grandparents, family members continue their prayers that she will be totally healed. Time will tell and if needed a second operation will be in about three months. Thank you to all who have prayed for her.

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