Thanksgiving Sunday at Grace is a highlight of the year. There’s something unique about gathering together as one congregation for the sole purpose of giving thanks to God. Pastors Dan, Tom, and Mike particularly focused on the promises of God and how they encourage us in the past, the present, and the future.

Every time the people of Israel celebrated the Passover, they were reminding themselves how God delivered them from Egypt, how He was present among them, and how He would continue to be with them (Exodus 13:3–16). We find the culmination of all of God’s promises in the person and work of Jesus Christ, “For all the promises of God find their ‘Yes’ in Him” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

In the Gospel, we find the basis of Christian gratitude and thankfulness. Jesus has been extremely faithful to us and this provokes our praise. Christian thanksgiving is unique because we are not simply thankful for “stuff,” but rather our gratitude is rooted in the truth that we’ve been saved from our sin and reconciled to God through Christ. We’ve been raised from the dead!

On Thanksgiving Sunday we had the unique opportunity to respond publicly and share our favorite promises from God’s Word. Over the course of several minutes, 20 or so people read various passages of Scripture aloud. One person noted how he would love to know why those particular passages were important to those people. No one went into detail, but it didn’t take long to realize that many of the people reading Scripture weren’t simply sharing favorite memory verses; rather, they were sharing how God had met them through His Word. I will not quickly forget those few minutes and the impact that Scripture has had on our people.

During this season, let’s be more than just “good Americans” who eat turkey, watch football, and say a token Thanksgiving prayer before the festivities. Our thankfulness is rooted deeper than our citizenship; it’s born out of our rebirth!

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!

For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100

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Zac Hess joined the pastoral staff in 2013 after serving as an intern during his seminary studies. He grew up on a farm in Ashland, OH and later met his wife, Sarah, who grew up as part of Grace Polaris Church. Zac pursued biblical studies at both Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary. He loves sports, the outdoors, reading, and a good cup of coffee. Zac and Sarah are the proud parents of Jacob and Caroline.