Pause

Look back on the way you've come so far.

Look around at the landscape of your life today.

Look ahead: God is still calling you forward.

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Listen

The one who supplies seed for planting and bread for eating will supply and multiply your seed and will increase your crop, which is righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous in every way. Such generosity produces thanksgiving to God through us.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11

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Think

God provides the seed. God's people grow a crop of righteousness. The harvest is rich “in every way,” and God's people share the wealth of grace and goodness. Those who receive it are filled – as if it were the best bread – and they thank God. God provides the seed...

Giving, receiving, and thanksgiving are on a loop.

There is no thanksgiving without God's giving. God is the source of all we have.

There is no thanksgiving without receiving. We accept what God gives, and commit to tend it.

There is no thanksgiving without community. We are “y'all.” We work and grow, together.

There is no thanksgiving without our giving. We give generously, so all can share in gratitude.

In this season we tend to focus on what we have received, what we have to be thankful for. But we are not the end of the line; we're the middle of the loop! We receive and we give, so that those who receive through us can join us in giving thanks to God.

Nikki Finkelstein-Blair

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Pray

Thank you, God, for everyone who has given generously to me. Thank you, too, for everyone with whom you allow me to share. Bring us together in a circle of thanksgiving, so together we can praise you for all your gifts. Amen.

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Go

Give thanks to God, who has come with you all this way.

Give thanks to God, whose presence surrounds you now.

Give thanks to God, who is already preparing you for the road ahead.

Nikki Finkelstein-Blair

Nikki Finkelstein-Blair is an ordained Baptist minister, military spouse, and mom of two boys. She weaves clergy stoles, knits sweaters, and this month she's writing a terrible first draft of a middle-grade novel for National Novel Writing Month. Next month she'll be sharing (hopefully not terrible) Advent prayers on her blog at www.amovingyarn.com.

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