This has been a rough year, to say the least. Still so many afflicted and affected by the mysterious virus that began over a year ago. In spite of all this, there is always reason to be grateful and give thanks to God for all the blessings. Many of us have lost loved ones. This year alone, two of my older brothers passed away. They were twins and they died about six weeks apart. One was lost to dementia and the other had cancer. Just today, we got word that a nephew’s wife had passed away. This time it was due to what they called ‘Covid Pneumonia.’
Thanksgiving, like Christmas, is a holiday many dread rather than look forward to. Perhaps because they have no family to celebrate with or circumstances are such that they find it hard to be grateful. Let us not let that be the case for us. Death is a part of the cycle of life. We all must face it and deal with it in our own way. Even in death we can give thanks. We can be grateful for the time we spent and the lessons we learned from them, or simply for the joy of having had them in our life.
Many feel closer to God in times of tragedy than any other time, but really, we need to feel that closeness always. Philippians 4: 6 tells us: Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Our country is suffering, that’s true, but there is always hope in knowing that our roots are grounded in more than the sand beneath our feet. Our hope is based on the truths of God and his righteousness. We truly have much to be grateful for.
Many of us will be busy with cooking, cleaning and all the preparation that goes into hosting a holiday meal, so it’s a good time to remember Martha and Mary. When Jesus came to visit, Mary sat at His feet and listened to His words, while Martha scurried about getting the meal ready…no doubt trying to hear His words at the same time, till she got frustrated and said to Him: “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Ask her to help me.”
Jesus replied, “Martha, Martha, you’re worried and troubled about many things, but one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Let us take time to enjoy our guests and not despair if the turkey is not ready right on time…and most importantly, let us truly be grateful and give thanks to the One who takes care of all our needs. Ephesians 5: 19-20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. May each of you enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving!