As we begin November some of us begin to think about all of the things that we need to do in order to get ready for the holidays. And Christmas Day begins to weigh heavy upon our minds. The Hallmark channel will start showing their Christmas movies starting this month, November, and even show some classic movies, (with Cary Grant etc.) on Thursday nights.
And yet there is another day that needs to be remembered, Thanksgiving Day. It can seem like our celebration of Thanksgiving has become a little bump in the road. It should not be! It also weighs heavy upon our minds. Which family member is hosting the dinner? How many are coming? Will we have enough food? (In most cases the answer is ‘yes.’) Will we be able to send the leftovers home with everybody so nothing spoils?
We should look at Paul and his letter to the Philippians on this, Phil 4:11b I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. If there is too much food etc., oh well. Let’s make sure everyone has a good time. Let’s pray and give thanks to God for all of his blessings over the year. Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about? And then like Paul we can, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Phil 4:4a
It is right that we should pray, thank and live rejoicing and with contentment, even if the turkey isn’t done in time and we have to wait a little longer to eat. Even if we don’t know what our daughter or son or loved one wants for Christmas yet. Even if we will be having turkey casserole, turkey soup and turkey surprise for the next two weeks or even more.
Perhaps we should start off Thanksgiving right by coming to church on November 26 at 7:00p to celebrate our National Day of Thanksgiving. For there is one place where we receive forgiveness, grace mercy and love from our God and Father through his son Jesus Christ. And these are things to be thankful for.
And then with the peace of knowing that God has made everything right with him, we can be content in everything and in every situation even if we do not seem to be ready.
God grant all of you his peace,