November 28, is the date for this year’s American Thanksgiving. It is a great reminder to us to be thankful for the blessings of our lives.
It is Monday (as I write this) and I was blessed to have a lovely time at the Dalhousie Daycare just before I put thoughts to paper.
We had a wee sing and then I gave them a wee lesson about the topic of thankfulness. I had a good laugh, a cuppa with a scone and great fellowship. I am truly blessed to do what I do and for that I am thankful.
I share a couple thoughts generated as I read from a friends ‘blog’ titled ‘Only Morons Refuse to Give Thanks’.
Forgive me for nicking his thoughts and rewriting them mixed with mine. I so often go to 1 Thessalonians 5:18 where the scripture says in everything give thanks as my theme verse for Thanksgiving. But my friend Ron pointed me to a scripture from Romans 1:19-23 that says:
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Ron says that there are a few words we should know about thankfulness found in the text. Like something lovely destroyed by a flaw out jumps ‘neither were thankful’ as a contrast to the clearly see glory of God’s creation. God has made himself known to us, yet an unthankful heart says we can’t accept that. The word “thankful” which we find in verse 21 is the Greek word euchariseo and it means “to express gratitude towards; especially to say grace at a meal.”
The word Eucharist is familiar because it is associated with the Lord’s Supper and because the Lord Himself “gave thanks” for the cup. And the bread and cup of the Eucharist is a reminder of the sacrifice of the Savior which gives us grace and salvation.
Now a second word comes from the thought of verse 22 where it is pointed out that they claimed they were wise and instead became ‘fools’.
The word Ron says is ‘fools’ comes from the word ‘moraino’ which is anglicized to moron. Not something I want to be called anytime soon. But the point is out of an unthankful life comes a heart that would rather fool themselves, that ultimately makes one foolish before God, so much so that they worship gods they make rather than God himself.
So as I think about this and prepare for the season of Advent I truly am thankful for Jesus and his incarnational entrance into our world to ultimately be our savior.
Lots of things to be thankful for but relationship above all, my family, my friends and even just folk on the street that say HI, but above all Jesus.
Rev. Jon Bergen
Brechin Baptist Fellowship