Beyond the Weekend

November 26 | Thanksgiving

November 26, 2020


Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people , the sheep of his pasture. Psalms 100:1-3

Read: Psalm 100

Listen: Psalm 100


Reading this passage is challenging for many of us today. The feelings of joy and thankfulness may not be close at hand as we do Thanksgiving differently this year. Some of us may wonder, “How can I be thankful?” Maybe our work just shut down again, school is back to virtual, sports are cut, some of our family is missing around the table or even more. Our emotions just don’t feel right.

Yet, we have much to be grateful for. It can be easy for us to focus our gratitude on the stuff around us like the food on the table, the things in our homes and even the score of the Lions’ game.

According to the Psalmist though, we have greater reason for thankfulness than even these things. Real joy and thanksgiving are in the character of God, and he made us and claims us as his people. The Psalm ends in a meaningful place—recognizing the goodness of our God and his faithfulness through generations. Our hope is in the never-changing God who is good, faithful and with enduring love forever. That should lead us to thankfulness even when our world seems upside down.


As you gather for Thanksgiving today, take time to read Psalm 100 together. Let this passage focus your hearts. Finally, be sure to share with each other things for which you are thankful.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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