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Thanksgiving and Prayer

Weekly Devotionals

Thanksgiving and Prayer

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith-that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21)

This weekend in Korea we are celebrating Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). So in light of the Chuseok holiday weekend, it seems a bit cliche but I just wanted to remind us to give thanks for all that God has done and is currently doing in our midst.

Firstly, while a lot of us may be taking our vacations, visiting family or simply using this time to rest, I am reminded of our brothers and sisters that are riding from Busan to Seoul in the next couple of days. This ride is to not only bring awareness and raise funds to the issues of human trafficking, but it is an ultimate reminder of the message of the Cross. It’s the message of the Cross that calls us to proclaim good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to the captives, recover the sign of the blind, set free those who are oppressed. Today, I am thankful for these amazing brothers and sisters who are sacrificing their time, and literally pouring out sweat and tears in order that they might be able to stand in the gap and give a voice to the millions that live in slavery today. For more information, please check out: www.rideagainsttraffick.org.

Secondly, I am reminded of is the faithful couple that serves the homeless day in and day out at Seoul Station. This pastor and wife are two amazing people who have literally laid down all that they had for the sake of serving the poor around Seoul. Living on support, things have been strenuous and difficult. They have given up their home for the sake of keeping the church building in which they provide not only meals but hold services for the homeless daily. Every time I go to serve with our Jehovah Jireh Ministry, I am incredibly blessed by their hearts for the Lord.

This Chuseok, I am thankful for these faithful brothers and sisters in doing kingdom work. Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians is one that resonates in my heart as a prayer for fellow workers and saints around the world today. I am thankful that God is doing something in our midst. I’m thankful that God gives us this privileged place of intercession. Join me in remembering what God is doing, and lets lift up your voices in prayer for the strengthening of our brothers and sisters today.