If you are the chosen one by personal choice or family vote to host Thanksgiving this year I am praying for you. Hosting is a big job and one that often comes with much anxiety and stress. However, I’m here to tell you that this year and every year after this does not need to be the case. No more stressing about how the table is set, if every inch of your house is “Southern Living” perfect, or all courses of dinner are Food Network worthy.
The people you are hosting are family, friends, and maybe an extended family member and acquaintance or two. People that adore and love you, (and if they don’t that is their problem, they should and we will pray for them). I understand you want everything to be perfect, but only God is perfect my friend. We have to change our thinking about why we are hosting. 1 Peter 4:9 says, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” I add without worry, feeling less than, or doubtful that you can pull it off.
So relax, let your Heavenly Father transform your mind (Romans 12:2) and take note of these six truths that will help you, as the chosen host of Thanksgiving, make this the most stress free and blessed Thanksgiving ever.
2 Timothy 1:8-10 : Christ died for us so we will live for Him. This day isn’t about us friend, it’s always about our Savior.
James 1:17 : The Lord gives us good gifts from His unconditional love for us. God has given the gift of hospitality, host to honor him.
Matthew 10:42: We will never lose the rewards God has stored up for us. Hosting humbly honors God and you will be rewarded beyond your imagination.
Romans 8:17: We belong to God’s family and we are coheirs with Christ. Host to the glory of God, even if the turkey is dry, the candle wax drips on the tablecloth, and a teenager complains for having to sit at the kiddie table.
Ephesians 5:1: We are the Lord’s beloved children. Follow his example when hosting, host with love.
And Finally, the sixth truth to help you rethink that hosting Thanksgiving has to be an all out host the queen event:
Philippians 4:13: We can do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength. It takes a lot of strength to do all that cooking. Turn to your Savior, he is there for you. (and you also might consider turning to your family and friends and making it a pitch-in this year)
So as we are in full Thanksgiving mode, I pray we will slow down, take time in God’s truths, and remember to relax. I pray we will just give thanks to God for His amazing love, grace, and blessings he bestows on us daily and that we will be humble hosts and hostesses.
Turning to God’s word and truths will always give us the confidence we need whether hosting Thanksgiving, being the guest at dinner, applying for a new job, standing before a crowd of people presenting a talk for the first time or whatever God is calling us to do in this season.
Heavenly Father I ask that you will be with all of those who are hosting Thanksgiving in their homes this season. May you help them keep their focus on you as they prepare their homes and food. Father I also lift up to you those families who are estranged from each other. Holidays can be difficult and stressful times for any of us. I pray for healing in their lives, that they may find you, Father, and be reunited in love and faith. God I ask that you be with all of those that have lost family members, their homes, and lively hoods in the fires that continue to burn in California. I pray protection over all those fighting the fires and first responders. Lord I thank you for all of our blessings you so lovingly give us. In your precious Son’s name I pray, Amen.