Thanksgiving day will look different this year. It will be easy to note what is not happening – your annual football game, favorite 5K, large family gathering. The sadness is appropriate. Allow yourself a moment to grieve that, but then ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to a blessing you may not have immediately noticed. It is a gift to be able to name your gifts, to recognize that all is gift, that God is the source of all blessing and you are noticed by him.

Once these blessings come to mind, lift your hearts in prayer:

Heavenly Father, help us to see you present in this world and to know your closeness and affection. We thank you for your love and attention and for the blessings you bestow upon us. Bless those who feel far from you and feel far from us. Help us to experience the power of your love to unite us, through Christ our Lord. Amen.