Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Thanksgiving is a great time to kick back, hang out with family, watch a parade and some football, and enjoy time away from school. While this is true, there’s more to it. This is a day to turn to God and thank Him for all the great things that He has done for us.
Throughout all of human history, God has done great things for us. He has communicated through men to show us His love and He even came down from Heaven to take away every sin that keeps us from His love. In doing this, Jesus opened up an eternity of joy, peace, and love for you. He died on the cross out of love for you, personally. Even if you’re having a really rough time right now and it doesn’t feel like you have anything to be thankful for, God has been with you through your struggles the whole time. I’ve gone through some rough holidays where it feels like God is nowhere near and couldn’t possibly be loving me in that moment, but He is. Even if you cannot feel it, God is with you, right now. He is the one who “fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb.” He has a plan for you that has been unfolding since before you were even born. Maybe you haven’t always followed that plan, I don’t think I have always done the greatest job of following God in my life, but He still uses all the things to make you stronger and to bring you into a closer relationship with Him.
So, even if you are going through some hard times, still turn to God in thanksgiving today. Open up to Him about all that’s going on in your life and let Him show you His plan. Be open to that love He has for you and let Him completely into your heart. As you spend time with family or friends today, whether or not you have fun, reflect on all the good things God has done and is doing for you. Let His love for you bring you peace. He’s got a plan for you, a good plan that leads to joy and love, even if you’re not feeling it just now. Trust that God’s got your back, that He is with you and always extending His love and grace to get you through any situation in life. Enjoy your day of food and fun but enjoy some peaceful time with God praising Him for all the good works He has done for you.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
What are some obvious blessings in your life?
What are some things that you struggle to be thankful for?
What are some areas in your life that you need to entrust to God in order to open yourself up to His peace?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"I love you."
"You have done great things."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Recognize the blessings in your life. Everything is a gift from God, so spend some special time thanking Him for it today. Also, even if they can be frustrating, let your loved ones know how thankful you are for them. Have fun and give thanks.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Mary Griffin, a graduate student of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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