My family and I had an opportunity to spend two Thanksgiving Holidays in the United States while we lived there as a family for almost two years. After returning to Finland, I have missed this great holiday. So to all our North American friends; “Happy Thanksgiving!” The Bible encourages us to be thankful:

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (1 Chronicles 16:34)

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful… And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him… Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 3:15, 17; 4:2)

No matter if we live in a country that celebrates Thanksgiving, we are called to give thanks to God for who He is, what He has done through Jesus for us, and His constant blessings in our lives every day.

I am thankful for your love, support and prayers!


Antti Ronkainen Regional Director for Europe