Thanksgiving… Prelude to Advent

Be Thankful and Look Ahead…

11-23-13

“We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good; if bad, because it works in us patience, humility, contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.” ~ C. S. Lewis

It’s the time of the year to be thankful. Isn’t it great that we manage to compartmentalize our emotions and feeling into certain times of the year? I’m amazed that someone actually realized the need to be thankful for the blessings we receive in life and set aside a day just for that purpose. Our lives are so filled with other concerns (Jobs, family, church, etc.) that we just don’t have the time to feel thankful for what we do have (or don’t have).

And we have such preparations to prepare to be thankful. If we are hosting the day, someone will have to plan the menu, go to the grocery and prepare a meal. Then if we are hosting relatives and friends who are coming from a far distance, we need to prepare guest accommodations. Should we be traveling, there is packing and making arrangements for our homes to be secure and make travel plans. Wow! So much to do, so little time.

And think about it. As soon as we finish being thankful, we will start preparing for Advent. You know, the celebration of the coming of the Savior. Lessee, there’s the four Sundays of Advent and then Christmas day. More cooking, guest accommodations, travel, oh and the gifts, we need a head start on them. But we are so grateful to the retailers there. They are giving up their time to be thankful so they can be open on Thanksgiving day to help the shoppers get a day ahead on the shopping rush.

We are so fortunate to have our lives so organized in this way. No pressures, we have time to do what we need to do and we can be happy and feel good about our fellow man, be thankful, Peace on earth, good will toward all men, and all that sweet talk and thoughts. Yes, Life is grand.

You know I find it hard to believe that people actually think this way. We should live every day, as it was a day of Thanksgiving. Every day we should be grateful that God sent His Son. On every day we should rejoice that He is risen! Every day should be a new beginning!

Have we lost our senses? Don’t answer that because we would be lying to ourselves and to God. While holidays are a time for family and reflection, shouldn’t every day be that time? When we come to the meeting house to worship, there should be that joy of seeing a loved friend or family member we haven’t seen since the last time we were here together.

I have been truly blessed to see my friends and hear their voices after being home so long recovering from knee surgery. I am thankful for what God has done in my life and in the lives of my friends. Just seeing a smile and shaking a hand and hearing a kind word is something to treasure.

C. H. Spurgeon once remarked, “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” I had forgotten how good it felt to stand and walk without pain. I don’t think I will ever take that for granted again.

Lets be thankful and look to God, our maker and Savior. Lets do that daily, not just on certain days of the year. The true gift of God is Love. It is meant to be shared.

I thank God for my church and the opportunity to serve in whatever way He lets me. It may not be in the same manner I’ve served elsewhere, but then I realize, I’m not serving man, I’m serving God. Much of that service involves loving my fellow man. May I let His love shine as we greet one another. May we all let His love shine.

In His Service

Steve (Hoss)

 

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