Monday, November 24, 2008

Skipping Thanksgiving!

Our small sanctuary was filled yesterday in prelude to our annual Thanksgiving Sunday feast. We usually have this immediately following the worship service the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It's like a "practice" meal before Thursday. *smile* I looked around at all the people seated. Some faces I knew and some I did not. Some of our regulars were missing and of course, I silently wondered where they could be. Don't you always miss those brothers and sisters who are absent? I do.

I was listening to the pastor speak of Christmas music being played in most of our department stores and how everything has gone from October straight to Christmas. At first I was thinking how I enjoy Christmas music and there couldn't possibly be anything wrong with helping the world get focused on the MOST important season of all as soon as possible, right? As Christians, it's a time we can use the opportunity to celebrate our Savior's birth and not fear retaliation. (not yet, anyway) And then he said it. "Just skipping Thanksgiving" This statement made a HUGE impact on me. Skipping Thanksgiving. Yep, I have been guilty. Definitely not guilty of skipping the holiday meal and all the trimmings, but skipping the opportunity to REALLY be thankful.
Convicted I was. We are to be in a continual state of thankfulness., not just a seasonal state of mind. We know the risen savior! This alone is enough, but we (I) have so much to be thankful for! Families, health, jobs, homes, cars, clothing, food, electricity, indoor plumbing (Hallelujah!) and the list goes on and on.

So, this evening as I am getting things ready to be chopped, baked and presented, I am thankful. Thankful first of all to the One who has given me health and the means to be able to cook and the food. Also for the family that will partake in the breaking of the bread and a home in which we can sit and share our meal. I am nothing and can never be nothing without Him.
Jesus Christ. My Lord and Savior.