A Prayer for a Safe Thanksgiving
Worry often hides in the background during the holiday season. She raises her head as if to remind us that everything can’t be entirely joy-filled. She bombards us with “what-if” scenarios of all the things that could go wrong – separation from loved ones, illness, loneliness, etc. As we enter the holiday season this year, our hearts long to embrace friends and family in secure environments with happy hearts.
When worry latches on, the best method I’ve found to shake off her hold is converting those nagging phrases to words of prayer, praise and thanksgiving. For we know that when things seem out of control, God is always in control. He is our Defender, Advocate, and Protector. Below are a few examples of how we can exchange thoughts of worry to thoughts of fortitude.
1. Rather than thinking about our fears of the worst happening, we can reflect on the good that has happened. When we know the Lord, we have no reason to be afraid.
The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6 ESV
2. Rather than allowing worry to consume our minds, we can lift thoughts of praise to God for His promises of protection and provision. The Lord has promised to give us the protection of His angels.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11 ESV
3. Rather than dwelling on potential emergencies, we can think on positive encouragement. When we reflect on God’s work in our lives, we are inspired to look at future possibilities.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. Psalm 145:5 ESV
Why worry when we can pray? Offer a prayer for protection for a loved one—a prayer for a safe Thanksgiving will provide you comfort, and will be greatly appreciated by friends and family. May this prayer for a safe Thanksgiving encourage your heart to discard worry over safety and provide security for your friends and loved ones on their holiday.
When worry and fear lurk in my heart, teach me to praise you for your promises. Thank you for being the One in control; I know there is nothing to fear. Thank you for sending your angels to guard us here; I believe you love and protect like no other. Thank you for your secure hand and defending presence in the past; I praise you for continuing to hold the future. May I continue to reflect on your glory, My Defender.