It’s the season to express great thanks and love for the blessings that have been poured out unto us which makes it November and you know what that means...Thanksgiving! I can’t believe how fast the year has already flown by to where the holidays are already among us. So, in this time of giving thanks and sharing a meal with friends and family, we want gratitude to be our best attitude. Whether you are going home for Thanksgiving or not, this Thanksgiving break I pray rest and recuperation over you before the semester really kicks in so that you may study hard and finish strong. I also pray for safe travels to those who are going home and that the time spent with family is enjoyable and warm. There’s so much to be thankful for year-round but ‘tis the season to let the world know what we are thankful for. So here are some things that I am thankful for:

  • Being able to be here at Biola and the areas I've found community and belonging
  • Friends who have supported me through the joyous and hardest parts of the semester
  • The family that's always there to help me along the way through acts of service and through active prayer 
  • The mentors who have instilled wisdom upon me 
  • The mentees I have been able to pour into and be poured into myself
  • My involvement in campus activities to be apart of such amazing programs
  • Professors who have worked in me to push me to learn and grow 
  • Rest in the midst of the craziness
  • God instilling peace upon me when I am feeling restless and anxious
  • THANKSGIVING BREAK and time off from school!

What are you thankful for? Challenge yourselves to make a list of ten or more things that you are thankful for and read that list once a day so that gratitude doesn’t remain an attitude but a habit. 

What’s Cafsgiving? 

paper wrapped table with place settings, forks and knives
A Table Set For Thanksgiving

So with Thanksgiving being a little later this year and on November 28th, Thanksgiving at Biola will be celebrated on the 19th and held in the Caf! This is a yearly tradition that Biola throws on and it takes your typical Cafeteria-style of dining in the Caf combined with your traditional Thanksgiving meal to create an awesome social experience for students. We have faculty members serving the stuffing, biscuits, and gravy, green beans and corn, pumpkin pie and of course, the ham and turkey. With this being held in the Caf, be sure to get there at dinner time before the food lines get crowded and make sure to bring friends to share your early Thanksgiving meal with!

Cafsgiving is a wonderful tradition that carries on to this day so make it a point to attend the event because you won’t want to miss out on this celebration! To reiterate, here are some final details on the event, it will be held in the Cafeteria and will be from 4:30 pm-8:30 pm. 

Some words of wisdom to take with you

psalm 118 bible passage open in the evening sunlight
Give Thanks to the Lord Our God!

“Give thanks to the Lord of Lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever.”  Psalm 136:2-5

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with Thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk-in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”  Colossians 4:2-5

“I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O Lord, proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds.”  Psalms 26:6-7

Signing off

Thank you guys for the read, be sure to head over to Cafsgiving on the 19th of November and celebrate Thanksgiving Dinner with the broader Biola community, socializing over some great food. Have a great Thanksgiving break and enjoy your time because we will be back at school before you know it. 

See you around friends,