Grace to you and peace, with Thanksgiving!
Today is the last day of the long Thanksgiving Day weekend in the United States. In the Reforming Church thanksgiving is the only prayer the Followers of the Way need to pray. Granted scripture is permissive allowing for the prayers of the faithful to rise up to God. And yet, in faith, trusting their lives to the compassion and mercy of God, grounded in the hope “. . . that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, NRSV), the Followers of the Way pray thanksgiving without ceasing, in times of providence and in times of loss, in times of joy and in times of sorrow. Think about it, even in the face of terror the Followers of the Way may pray Thanksgiving knowing that their day is in God’s hands. Such is their faith. At such a time, how do Followers of the Way find within themselves to pray Thanksgiving? The answer to this question may be found in the exhortation of the resurrected Jesus Christ to his disciples cowering with fear, “Peace be with you” (John 20:19, NRSV).