A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Thanksgiving is one of the most heavily traveled holidays, with over 15% of Americans hitting the roads or the skies in an effort to get back home. In his own day, the apostle Paul was quite a world traveler and letter writer. Paul’s letters typically begin with words of thanksgiving and the opening chapter of Ephesians is no exception.
As Paul addresses his brothers and sisters in Christ, he can’t help but be filled with thanks as he continually remembers them in his prayers. The word rendered “thanks” (Ephesians 1:16) is the root for a name given to the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist. This word expresses a deep sense of gratitude and a desire to hold something or someone in high esteem. As you read through the opening verses in Ephesians chapter one, you discover that Paul is thankful for two reasons. He thanks God for the gospel and every spiritual blessing that belongs to those who have received it by faith. As he kneels before God in prayer, Paul offers thanksgiving for his brothers and sisters in Christ and the testimony of their faith.
I trust that this Thanksgiving you will enjoy seconds on your favorite foods, get to sleep late, and spend plenty of time with those you love. But may we also remember to give unstoppable thanks to God for the good news of Jesus Christ and the work that He is doing in you and in me.
No matter how many miles we may travel, let’s never grow tired of giving thanks.
Have a great Thanksgiving!