Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks

Rejoice always,

pray continually,

give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18



Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. It’s is opening day for the holiday season, and it’s the most stressful time of the year for some. There is so much to do. I am exhausted just thinking about it, and when I’m tired, I don’t have a thankful spirit. How about you? In fact, sometimes my words can be grumpy. I need help.

Today’s scripture gives us three things to remember to get through.

Rejoice.

Pray.

Give thanks in all circumstances.

Rejoice always. No matter how busy, stressed and overloaded we may feel, rejoice. We have so many reasons to rejoice. The scripture says always rejoice. That means rejoice when you don’t feel like it. That means rejoice no matter the circumstances because whatever the situation, God is there.

Pray continually. We don’t need to be on our knees to pray. We have opportunities to pray anywhere, anytime. No fancy words. A simple, “God help me to know your presence and your peace.” Staying connected to our Source of strength is done through prayer.

Give thanks in all circumstances. God wants us to give thanks, no matter the situation. Giving thanks for the good stuff is easy. But what about the hard stuff? What if when the turkey is overdone, we just said: “Thank you, God, for an oven that works.” What if you have more people at the table than expected? “Thank you, God, for so many friends and family.” Whatever the situation, give thanks. Changing our words to gratitude changes the situation.

Praying you will rejoice, pray and give thanks, this season.

Wishing you the happiest Thanksgiving.


Father, thank you for reminding us how to live. I am thankful that I don’t have to do it alone. I am thankful for this season and all that you have lavished on your children.

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