It’s Thanksgiving week, and in today’s passage, Paul shows us how thanksgiving is done. Timothy had brought Paul the good news of the faith and love that marked the Thessalonian believers, and Paul is simply overflowing with gratitude. He speaks of their faith as a comfort in his own affliction. He’s drawing strength from their strength. Their sincere faith is his enduring joy. So, his prayer is that God would continue to cause their love to increase and abound toward one another until the Lord returns.
As you read Paul’s effusive expression of thanksgiving, who comes to your mind? Who has God placed in your life so that their faith and love fuel your faith and joy? How might you express your gratitude to them this week? A text message? A phone call? A note or a letter?
 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you,  and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,  so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.1 Thessalonians 3:11-13, ESV