At each meal when we were growing up, we recited “Come, Lord Jesus be our guest…” On special occasions like family events at Grandma Lou and Grandpa Fred’s we would tack on, “Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good and his mercy endures forever.” Before we started the meal, we would gather and someone would say, “Let’s join in the common table prayer,” which was followed by each member of the family reciting the prayer in unison. I find it interesting that it’s called the “common” table prayer — there’s nothing common about it. Just look at that prayer; consider what David is giving thanks for in the Psalm. Because He (the Lord) is good. Talk about an understatement. The Lord God offered up his own son to die an awful death on the cross of crucifixion to save the souls of the people who put them there, the souls of us who hadn’t even been born yet, and the souls of the generations following us who are born into sin. Yes, I think that qualifies him as good. David is thankful because His (the Lord’s) mercy endures forever; His is an uncommon mercy. In Matthew 18, Peter asks how many times we should forgive a brother or sister; he seems to think that seven sounds like an appropriate number. I have to wonder if Peter really thought about what he was asking. What if the Lord only forgave him seven times? What if we had only seven forgiveness coupons? After that, the Lord says, “Sorry, you have exceeded your limit of forgiveness; there’s nothing more I can do for you.” Instead, Jesus responds to Peter saying that he should forgive up to seven times seventy. That is 490 times, and you and I both know that the Lord’s mercy doesn’t stop there. By putting our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior, we accept the gift of salvation which comes with unlimited refills of forgiveness. He is our loving father and shows mercy though we don’t deserve it, like when we forget to be thankful for all that the Lord provides. The not-so common table prayer gives thanks for the Lord’s goodness and mercy. On this Thanksgiving day, families across the country will reflect on the things they are thankful for, mine included. But the Lord deserves more than one day. Let’s make this an uncommon Thanksgiving that lasts all year, taking a moment each day to thank the Lord for His goodness and mercy.