Today’s Scripture: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18


Sherry was working hard setting the table, peeling potatoes for mashed potatoes, running to the store to get the cranberries she forgot, roasting the turkey, baking the sweet potatoes, and babysitting her nephew and niece at the same time.

Then the worst thing happened that could happen on Thanksgiving. The power went out! Sure, stores were open with Black Friday sales starting a day early, but no restaurant in town was open. She couldn’t cook anything without power, and in her house, she couldn’t even get running water!

There was no way she was going to cook outside with all that rain, so here she was hosting Thanksgiving dinner without any way to prepare it. As she looked at her family that had come: her parents, her nephew and niece, and her husband and kids, she felt helpless to provide a good dinner.

The kids were playing hide-and-go seek in the dark, and her parents were relaxing and talking to her husband. She felt like the only one trying to work in this terrible predicament.

Her parents called her and the kids over. “Everyone needs to say something they’re thankful for!” her mom proudly declared.

What is there to be thankful for without power?” Sherry thought.

Each person said something they were thankful for, such as family and church, but Sherry was having trouble thinking of anything. She was so wrapped up with having lost power.

Her husband’s turn came, and he said, “I’m thankful that my wife can get a break this year from Thanksgiving dinner! She can spend time with us, and we can have sandwiches later.”

Sherry blushed because she knew he was trying to get her to relax. It was her turn now, and she said, “I’m thankful that I have a family that teaches me how to be thankful in everything.”

With just sandwiches and flashlights, that Thanksgiving would be remembered as one of the best Thanksgivings they ever had. No matter what this Thanksgiving brings, remember to take time to thank God in everything.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.