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Thanksgiving is truly a great holiday. It consistently reminds us each year of the many blessings for which we can give thanks. It also reminds us of the importance to give thanks. Now often times when we think of Thanksgiving we tend think of being thankful for the material blessings that we have received. However, in addition to those things, this Thanksgiving I would like to ask you who are you thankful for? Who has God placed in your life to be a blessing to you? For some people it might be their parents or grandparents. For others it might be their spouse or their children or another family member. For others it might be a neighbor, a co-worker, a medical technician or some other person who helped you through a challenging situation. Perhaps it might be a fellow Christian who you worship with on a regular basis. Who are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

In 1 Timothy 2:1-6 it says this, "First of all, then I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus who gave Himself as a ransom for all..."

In this month when our nation has an election God reminds us to be thankful for our governing authorities -"kings and all in high positions." No they are not perfect people any more than we are, but God has given to us human authorities to work good in our life and our Lord is pleased when we thank Him. Of course we also keep these human authorities in our prayers and ask that God would lead them to be godly and make wise decisions and laws.

1 Timothy 2 also mentions who we are to offer God thanksgivings for "all people." Now granted, it is easier to be thankful for some people than others. But each person is a creation of God. Each person is someone God has placed on this earth for a purpose. And every individual is also an opportunity not only to be blessed by them but to bless them with the grace of God. Each person is someone Jesus died for. If you are not sure who to thank God for this Thanksgiving, just open your eyes and begin with every person you see. God says, "I urge that supplications prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people..."

Chiefly, we also give thanks to God for "the man Christ Jesus who gave Himself as a reason for all." He is the one mediator between us and our Heavenly Father. He is our Savior who gave His life on the cross for the many times we fail to give thanks and even exhibit a resentment toward each other. Jesus gave His life for every sin and every sinner and He brings to us eternal life through faith in Him. Our risen Lord Jesus gives to us an eternal number of reasons to give Him thanks. Certainly this Thanksgiving, and every day, we given thanks to God for our Savior Jesus.

Who are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? I encourage you to take some time every day this month to mention in your prayers at least one different person that you thank God for in addition to our Lord Jesus. If you are able also send that person a note, make a phone call, send an email, a text, or just mention to them face to face, how you thank God for them. As I close this article let me get us started by saying I am thankful for you. I thank God for your faith, your passion for the Lord, and your willingness to serve Him in a variety of ways. I thank God for the opportunity to serve you and your families and I pray that the Lord will bless you with a great month of thanksgivings.

Pastor Schoenfeld