LGD 142: Thanksgiving

Picnick table outside

Traditionally, we would gather around a dining table with lots of friends and family and celebrate Thanksgiving. This year – it’s different.

Picnick table outside
Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

We will still gather around tables, inside or outside, and recount our blessings of the strangest year.

When you look back at 2020, what are you thankful for?

I am thankful for health for my family and me, as well as work. Even though I have spent much of the year stressed out, I am still grateful to be working when many have lost their jobs.

As we gather around the table today, let’s see what Jesus did when people were hungry – about 4,000 of them.

“So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to his disciples, who distributed the bread to the crowd. 

A few small fish were found, too, so Jesus also blessed these and told the disciples to distribute them.”

Mark 8:6-7

After a long day, Jesus recognized that the people needed their physical needs met just as much as their spiritual needs.

These days we often glance over the prayer before our meals. When Jesus prayed for the meal, He made things happen.

He multiplied the bread and the fish with each break.

As you sit down to lunch or dinner, take a moment to thank God for the blessings in your life.

I know this year has been difficult and challenging; however, the one constant is the Lord. He has seen us through this year.

Take time to thank Him for his faithfulness.

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for getting us to this point in the year. We know you have a plan and are watching over us. Please keep our family and friends safe. Give us a wonderful day of fellowship. Amen!


I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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