Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.                                           I Thessalonians 4:16-18

Joy, prayer and giving thanks are three key hallmarks of a life that has been changed by the life transforming work of Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This month we will set aside a day to remember and give thanks for all that God has done for us, and every year we set aside the first Thursday of the month as the National Day of Prayer, but what about joy; have you ever wondered why we don’t have Joygiving Day to go along with Thanksgiving and the National Day of Prayer?

It’s good to set aside a day for joy, prayer and giving thanks, but how much better is it to make every day a day of joy, as we live in the joy of God’s salvation; a day of prayer, as we live in communion with Jesus, speaking to Him and listening to Him; and a day of giving thanks to God for all that he has done in and through our lives.

Joy, prayer and giving thanks go together like chocolate, caramel and peanuts; each adds something that makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts. So this Thanksgiving, while we take time to remember what God has done and to give thanks, may we also spend time in prayer and live in the joy that is ours as forgiven and cleansed children of God.

                                                                                With Gratitude and Thanks,

                                                                                                      Mark