October through November is a beautiful time of year. We see the vibrant orange, yellow and red colors of the trees, we feel the nip of cooler weather, we spot pumpkins, odd-shaped gourds and golden cornstalks dotting the landscapes and deer running for cover as hunters proudly bring their spoils home.

A definition of Thanksgiving is the expression of gratitude, especially to God. It is also a National Holiday that may include church, turkey, football and family get-togethers.

Every Thanksgiving Day, my friend sends me a message that she is thankful for our friendship. She is not much into the Christmas season, but she is very intentional to be thankful. What a wonderful gift to me that a friend expresses her thanks for my friendship.

“Enter his gates with Thanksgiving and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” Psalm 100:4.

I challenge you this November to intentionally give thanks and pray each day of the month for one person. Let them know you are thankful for them with a note or a phone call. Write their name on your calendar.

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” Ephesians 1:16. 

I also challenge you this November to intentionally give thanks to God for God each day. Place His name on your calendar each day, recite a thanksgiving scripture and sing a song of thanks.

“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ” Ephesians 5:20.

May you develop a habit of thanksgiving this November that brings honor and glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and may it change your heart.

Chaplain Val