“To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and call upon the name of the Lord” (Psalm 116:17).

Many are making a sacrifice this Thanksgiving holiday—postponing travel during the pandemic for the protection of family and friends. A sacrifice of thanksgiving is a common expression in scripture. To examine the phrase exhaustively through the biblical text, is to emerge with the understanding that it ultimately is the sacrifice of self. It is the acknowledgement our dependence upon our heavenly Father and confidence in his providential plans and purposes. When practiced deliberately and intentionally, regardless of circumstances, it alters one’s perspective on every facet of life.

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