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A Thanksgiving Message

from our Seminary Dean

Dr. John Byron

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.
2 Thessalonians 1:3

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, many will take time reflect on those people, events and things for which they are thankful. Thankfulness is part of our culture. We say “please” to get something and “thank you” once we get it. We say “thanks for calling” or “thank you” when a server puts a coffee on our table. Our concept of thankfulness is often predicated on what we have or what we get. But being thankful is not limited to what we have or are about to get. It should include gratefulness for everything God has done and will do in the world.

In 2 Thessalonians, Paul offers thanks not because of something he received or something someone did for him. Rather, he offers thanks for what God has done in the life of the Thessalonians and the way they responded to God by loving one another.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we thank God for each one of you and all that God is doing your life. We pray that God will richly bless you this season by increasing your love for him and one another.

Happy Thanksgiving from Ashland Theological Seminary!