Read Matt. 25:31-46. Whenever you did this for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you have done it for me. Matt. 25:40 TEV.

Thanksgiving Day originated as a day to give thanks to God for the pilgrims' many blessings, which by today's standards would probably be considered hardships. Today, gathering as a family, eating enormous amounts of food, and (maybe) attending a worship service, often describes the day. How does God's Word tell us we can best thank God for what we receive from Him? In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus clearly lays out our responsibilities. In verse 40 we are told that when we do something for even the least of these, His brothers, we do it for Him. What if the money we spend on our Thanksgiving Dinners went to feeding the hungry, purchasing coats for shivering children, supporting a homeless shelter? What if Thanksgiving Day became THANKFUL GIVING DAY?

Lord of love and abundant blessings, help us to share of the abundance you have so generously bestowed upon us. Amen.