Weekly Devotions for 11/21

One person considers some days to be more sacred than others, while another person considers all days to be the same. Each person must have their own convictions.  Someone who thinks that a day is sacred, thinks that way for the Lord. Those who eat, eat for the Lord, because they thank God. And those who don’t eat, don’t eat for the Lord, and they thank the Lord too.  We don’t live for ourselves and we don’t die for ourselves.  If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to God. – Romans 14:5-8 (CEB)

A prayer for Thanksgiving:

Most gracious God, according to your wisdom the deep waters are opened up and clouds drop gentle moisture. We praise you for the return of planting and harvest seasons, for the fertility of the soil, for the harvesting of the crops, and for all other blessings which you in your generosity pour on this nation and people. In your love you have given us gifts which our forebears neither knew nor dreamed of. Grant that we may not be so occupied with material things that we forget the things which are spiritual. Enliven our hearts with thanksgiving for the good which you provide, and the good that you bring forth from the earth. Give us full understanding of your mercy and lives which are in harmony with your good intention for all of creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (adapted from prayers in the Lutheran Book of Worship)