Hi there, here we are again! Thanks for joining in. As you can guess, it’s that time of year again, Thanksgiving. Always tough to come up with something new to say for or about this celebration. I mean, what can one say that hasn’t been said and that doesn’t sound trite or flippant?
As those called to journey on the Way, we naturally enjoy a life of thanksgiving. We are indeed a thankful people. We are thankful that we have food, water, shoes, clothing, shelter, beds, and all the other material blessings we enjoy. We are thankful for a peaceful land, for the freedoms we enjoy here, for elections which, even if we do not always agree with the results, allow for an orderly transfer of power.
But beyond all this outward blessing, should all these outward blessing be removed, we remain a thankful people. In Christ we realize that there is more to this life than all the outward trappings we crave, there is an inner life which is beyond the pale and touch of the physical. We are, after all, a people with a spirit and soul fashioned in the image and likeness of our God, and we never truly find purpose, peace, and joy outside of our life with Him, and those He loves and calls His own. Our thankfulness, therefore, is not just a response to what we have, it is a response to who we are. We are God’s own called by His grace into Him, into each other, into life and life everlasting.
Thus, we are a people full of thanks, living a life of thankfulness, thankful for life, thankful for new life in Christ, thankful for forgiveness, and thankful that we have a hope beyond the grave, that we are not condemned but loved by a joyous, generous, forgiving, loving God.
I know that I am thankful for each one of you, thankful that you have taken on the ministry of grace, ministering to each other and to the community from a heart not burdened with duty, but set free by the love of Christ living in you. What a joy it is to see you all forget the past pain and look toward a future joy, yearning to bear not only the burdens, but the joys of one another, enduring all things and running the race set before us and reaching the goal of that is ours in the calling of Christ in faith. Keep on keeping on in faith!