BIRMINGHAM (TAB, al.com) — When the meal is finally finished being prepared and set on the table and you’re surrounded by loved ones — family and friends from all over — who says the Thanksgiving prayer? Stacy Johnston, ministry assistant at 3Circle Baptist Church, Fairhope, told al.com, “I go home to north Alabama, to a little bitty town called Falkville. My mom does the blessing. She is basically the matriarch. We circle around and hold hands and she thanks God for our family.”
As you prepare for your Thanksgiving Day and mealtime prayer, remember these summaries of five biblical truths written by John Piper on http://www.desiringgod.org: 1) Thanksgiving is Trinitarian — God the Father is the object of thanksgiving, God the Son is the person through whom thanksgiving flows and God the Holy Spirit is the source of thanksgiving. 2) Thanksgiving replaces sin — When Paul commands believers to stop sinning in Ephesians 5:4, for example, he also commands believers to put thanksgiving in its place. “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” 3) Thanksgiving sanctifies creation — How should Christians think about God’s good creation? Paul says that it should be received with a heart full of thanksgiving. (1 Tim. 4:4). 4) Thanksgiving for the gospel — We should aim to have our thanksgiving rise in proportion to the value of the object for which we give thanks. Therefore, we should be most grateful for God’s work for us in Christ because it unites us to our highest glory — God Himself. 5) Thanksgiving in all circumstances — One surprising aspect of thanksgiving is that it’s for all circumstances, not just one big meal a year. Paul writes, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:16–18).