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10 Scriptures for Thanksgiving and The Holiday Season

10 Scriptures for Thanksgiving and the holidays, The Antioch Report

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The never ending debate: when should you put up your Christmas tree? We asked people on our Instagram and 38% said they put their tree up before Thanksgiving. Hey, why not? Speaking of Instagram, last chance to go win AirPod Pros – perfect stocking stuffer.

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

  • Its history is a bit more complicated than people generally believe.
  • Proclaimed a national day by Lincoln in 1863.
  • In 1876, Yale vs. Princeton was the first Thanksgiving football game.
  • FDR tried to move Thanksgiving back a week to extend Christmas shopping and boost the economy.
  • States didn’t all comply, so in 1942 FDR designated the 4th Thursday of November to be Thanksgiving Day (which is sometimes not the last Thursday is November).

Scriptures to Keep You Grounded During the Holidays

This might be your favorite time of year or your most dreaded. This time of year can feel like a breath of fresh air, or can feel hurried and stressful. There is a whole spectrum of emotions that we all fall on.

Family gatherings, discussions about hot topics, cooking the turkey just right, traveling, hosting out-of-town guests, planning for Christmas; the list goes on.

To prepare spiritually and to stay grounded in scripture, here are 10 passages to read and take with you this week for Thanksgiving and into the rest of the holiday season.

  1. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
  2. “If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:30-31
  3. “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.” Romans 6:13
  4. “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1
  5. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
  6. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
  7. Do everything without grumbling or arguing,so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.'” Philippians 2:14
  8. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
  9. “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13
  10. “‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40

The holidays are a time many look forward to throughout the year, but they can also be difficult for a number of reasons.

Perhaps your family dynamic is not easy. Maybe you are grieving the loss of a loved one. You might feel alone or down or isolated more during this season than during other times of the year.

Whatever the feeling is during Thanksgiving and the holiday season, bind these scriptures on your heart and in your mind to ground yourself spiritually. 

Lastly, remember 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Two simple words: “pray continually“.

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Daniel Berk

Daniel Berk

Daniel Berk is the Managing Editor at The Antioch Report. A student and teacher of the Bible, he is a lover of theology, church history, and... TV. Follow him on Twitter @danielcberk. Daniel and his wife Courtney reside with their Bernedoodle in Charleston, SC.

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