40 Days of Thanksgiving

Our church has a years-old tradition of creating a 40-day devotional of thanksgiving leading up to Turkey Day. This practice aligns us as family as we pray to God for the same things and learn from the same passages of Scripture together outside of our weekly worship service and sermon. Sara and I have gained so much from this devotion and prayer guide, so I wanted to share it with you. It's such a simple and easy way to give thanks to God daily as we prepare our hearts in this season of thanksgiving. You can download the PDF here!

Each day is framed by a verse of Scripture expounded by a member of our congregation. I have been especially encouraged to read through these homegrown devotions written by my brothers and sisters of Jesus Our Redeemer. I'm not in the same discipleship group or gospel family as most of these folks, so I find it enriching to hear from the hearts and minds of my brothers and sisters. God has specifically used these daily passages to lift me up and remind me of the Gospel and correct my broken and self-seeking heart.

I shared last Sunday at church (through a handful of tears) that Danielle Marchetti's devotion written for Eliza's birthday (October 29!) was so impactful for me as I reflected on God's provision for us in our church family. She expressed her gratitude that God had given her and Andrew such a wonderful home and family of support at Jesus Our Redeemer, even when they were hesitant to join a church plant and start over with relationship-building. God exceeded their hopes and expectations in their new church, and he has done the same for me in Jesus Our Redeemer. Scripture calls us to draw together and unite under the name of Jesus to build each other up:

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
— Hebrews 10:24-25