November 08, 2012
The turkey is crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. Just right.
The stuffing is the same as it’s been every year since you can remember, and nobody makes it as well as your mom.
The potatoes are mashed/grilled/baked/roasted (or all of the above) to perfection.
And after you’ve eaten your own body weight in savory goodness, you know there’ll be enough pecan, pumpkin and apple pie to keep you going for the rest of the week!
It’s not difficult for most of us to give thanks on Thanksgiving is it?
When it’s our turn to share with everyone around the table what we have to give thanks for to God this year, I’m guessing most of us could come up with a list long enough to make the turkey go cold without even having to try too hard.
But what if there’s nothing to give thanks for?
What if there’s no turkey keeping warm in the oven? What if there are no mashed potatoes steaming away under your nose? What if there is no ice cream to go with your pie and no pie to go with your ice cream for dessert?
What then? Would we still be thankful?
In the last few words of his book, Habakkuk speaks these amazing words.
“Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”
To steal the title of recently published Christian book, Jesus + nothing = Everything.
If we know the LORD, if God is our savior, then even if we have nothing else, we have everything. If we have nothing to give thanks for, but Jesus is our king, then we have everything to give thanks for.
If you search for Thanksgiving on Wikipedia it says this…
“Historically, Thanksgiving had roots in religious and cultural tradition. Today, Thanksgiving is primarily celebrated as a secular holiday.”
Perhaps it’s time we took back Thanksgiving?
Why not celebrate Thanksgiving…today?
Dimitri (Dim for short) and his wife, Gayles, moved to the U.S. from England in 2011 to pursue a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell. He grew up in a little town in England called Sevenoaks and completed his undergraduate degree in Automobile Design at the University of Coventry. Upon graduation, Dim spent some time as a ski instructor, a church intern and an assistant pastor. When he’s not pretending to study, he’s usually dreaming about skiing.
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