From Your Pastor
Christians are different! Anyone can be appreciative and thankful for what they have. A Christian’s thankfulness centers upon who they belong. God has redeemed us, once lost and condemned. God has rescued us from sin, death, and the devil. Our thankfulness does not begin with what we have, where we live, or the lifestyle we live. Our joy is in Christ and we are thankful for all that God has done for us through Jesus Christ.
Christians are different. Our humility makes us different, not superior. We are not to be self-loathing! We are different, made so by the fact that our sins are washed away by the blood of Jesus. We are undeserving of God’s gifts of forgiveness and salvation. However, we do not remain in the despair brought on by sin. By the grace of God our hearts are lifted and our spirit rejoices. We give thanks to God for His great love and mercy.
Some people look at their life as half full, based upon what they have and do not have. A Christian has the opportunity to glorify God during the times of plenty and of want. We can simply be thankful as we see God’s handiwork in creation. We are thankful for we see God working in and through the lives of other people. We are thankful for the examples of faithfulness, compassion, mercy, and service.
Thanksgiving Day isn’t great because of all the food, family, friends, and Friday’s shopping specials. The day is an awesome opportunity to live out how we as God’s people are different because of God. We give thanks if there is a turkey dinner and all the fixings. We give thanks if the meal is a microwaved dinner and the house is quiet. We give thanks because God is with us. We are alive in Christ!
With all the blessings God has poured out for you, use this year’s Thanksgiving Day to share what it means to be a child of God. Let the greatness of the day, let the joy of the day, let the celebration of the day be about your Lord. Around the table, share how God has blessed you this year. Anyone can talk about football, favorite foods, and one’s Christmas wish list. Only you, a Christian, can speak about God in your life. Only you can tell your personal story (narrative) of what it means to be known and loved by God the Father (Creator), God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit (who created and sustains in the faith).
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