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Thanksgiving 2020?

Thanksgiving 2020? Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:67) This Thanksgiving will be unlike anything we’ve experienced in our lifetimes. Oh, there have been plenty of years when I wasn’t able to gather with family. There have been years when we gathered on Friday evening for pizza or Chinese food instead of on Thursday for turkey and dressing. Family members have been present or absent due to work conflicts or life situations. But we’ve never had to make decisions about our gathering due to a worldwide pandemic and the real threat of passing on or picking up a deadly virus. I know families that are planning on getting together, taking extra precautions. I know families that don’t feel any risk and are gathering as usual. My family is leaning heavily toward gathering virtually over Zoom. I don’t pretend to know or judge who is doing the “right” thing. All I know with absolute certainty is that God will be present, wherever we find ourselves. And I will give thanks. Paul wrote the words above to the Philippians from his prison cell. He was facing charges which could lead to execution. Yet this letter to the church in Philippi is known for its emphasis on joy. My prayer for you and for your loved ones is that you feel the blessings of God this Thanksgiving, that you feel comfort, hope and joy. May you be truly thankful for every day of your life, wherever you find yourself this Thanksgiving. And may “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” With thanks to God for each of you, Dana

Posted by Dana Lobaugh