FOR THE first time since I arrived in Scotland my American Thanksgiving was different - I didn’t have a house full or a table full. Not because I was unthankful for the goodness of the Lord in my life but amazingly more because I had so much to be thankful for.
We moved house and the kitchen was still well in the midst of being refitted so Thanksgiving got put on hold this year.
Instead of my usual big event it will instead be out of schedule and a small family affair.
It would be easy to just say hey I missed it this year but since thankfulness comes so hard, I know it is important to be reminded that it needs to be expressed.
As we are reminded in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Have you ever thought about thankfulness as being part of God’s will for your life? I have and still it takes work to remember to express that thankfulness as I should do.
There are so many things to be thankful for both in a spiritual sense and for our material world.
We often so take for granted the simple words of the Lord’s Prayer of “give us this day our daily bread...” Then when He does we forget to say thanks.
I try to always say thanks before I eat even if I am out in a restaurant and though I have gotten some interesting looks when I am finished I still try to do so.
As my daddy used to say: “Son, even pigs grunt when they eat...”
So yes, I have a lot to be thankful for, though too often I tend to moan, as we all do sadly.
But Thanksgiving is also my introduction to Advent which starts December 2 this year.
Hard to believe how fast the year has flown, but this is what I am most thankful for above all my other blessings.
My material needs are the same as yours and I love to see God provide. But my spiritual need also is and was as great as yours and it is Advent that I am reminded by to be thankful for the Incarnation of Christ.
That amazing Immanuel-God with us—moment in history that means that even today, 2,000 years later, my life, your life can be changed by a wee babe born to be the Saviour of the world.
Jeremiah 33:14-16 says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah’: 15 ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. 16 In those days Judah will be saved, And Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she (Judah) will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’”
This is indeed good news that should make us thankful. If you don’t know the whole story of Advent, come join with one of our local churches and learn how it happened and how it can change your life today.
In a Thankful mood and a busy mode,
Rev. Jon Bergen
Brechin Baptist Fellowship