This may be a difficult Thanksgiving as you may be hurting and deeply disappointed that you are facing another year without your beloved husband or wife home. I totally understand your pain and sorrow. My prayer is that you will seek the presence of the Holy Spirit who is with you today. Ask the Lord to be your spouse today wherever you go and pray:
“Lord, I thank You for all that You have done for me. Please help me through this day. I will hold Your righteous right hand as You guide and direct my footsteps today. Please protect me from any discussions that will not be healthy for me. Be with all the standers and their children today and may their beloved spouses contact them someway, but thy will be done. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”
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. Colossians 3:17
We are praying that regardless of your circumstances you will make this Thanksgiving a special day for yourself and the Lord. First, thank the Lord for all that that He has provided for you and your family. We know of standers who help churches or ministries to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving Day and they have said they were really blessed. Maybe you need to spend some quiet time today with the Lord, reading His Word, praying and even asking Him questions. God does speak and He will answer you.
“‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’” Jeremiah 33:3
Please pray that all the prodigal husbands or wives who are visiting their parents or family members will be convicted by the Holy Spirit to call and see their beloved spouse. Let us pray that the rebellious children who are not communicating with their parents at this time will come home for Thanksgiving. Let us pray that our Lord will break down the many walls of silence or hostility that are hurting so many families.
Let us pray that the spirit of unforgiveness will be removed in many families’ hearts and lives this Thanksgiving. May all the mistakes of husbands, wives, and other loved ones be forgiven and erased by family members.
Do you need to call someone and just wish them a “Happy Thanksgiving?” It does not have to be a long conversation, but let’s pray that the Lord will start to heal many broken relationships. Let’s pray this Thanksgiving that many family members will be reconciled with hearts and lives transformed to be more like the Lord!
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. Ephesians 2:13-17
May we never forget how and why Thanksgiving began. The earliest observance of Thanksgiving was with special services in Virginia in 1607. The first Thanksgiving Festival began on December 13th in 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Pilgrims had lost almost half of their population that first year in Plymouth Rock. An Indian tribe taught the colonists about fishing, planting and hunting for their survival for the next winter. The next fall, the Pilgrims reaped a bountiful harvest and they had their first Thanksgiving celebration, which lasted three days, to celebrate and thank God for supplying their needs.
On June 20, 1676, the town of Charlestown, Massachusetts issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation. George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789, the year of his inauguration as President of the United States of America. I pray we never lose the true meaning of Thanksgiving. May we all be thankful for everything that we do have!
…O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. Psalm 30:12
Our Thanksgiving tradition at our home was that we would go around the table and let everyone say one thing that they were thankful for. During that time, we had many tears and hugs. This year may you remember to thank the Lord for your salvation and all that He has done for you and your family. May you and I pray for restoration of marriages around the world but also for the salvation and restoration of many extended family members.
Let us pray that this Thanksgiving Day the Holy Spirit will be speaking to many husbands, wives and rebellious children to repent and turn from their sinful lifestyles. May this be the day that the scales are removed from their eyes and they see the Lord’s light and His truth regarding their marriage. May many spouses who are being disobedient every day by not stopping their sinful lifestyle, be obedient to the Lord’s wooing and to His will and way today. Just imagine the angels who will be rejoicing in Heaven for everyone who is repenting and surrendering their hearts and lives to the Lord this Thanksgiving Day.
“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:7
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