Thursday, November 18, 2010

True Thanksgiving

It is good that once a year our nation stops the wheels of commerce and says thank you to GOD for his bountiful blessings, for we are a blessed people. Now, I'm not naive enough to think that all Americans are thankful, but I believe many are, and maybe many more that we could imagine, especially during these difficult days.

And this is as it should be, for gratitude should come easy for us.

Last Sunday evening CBS's 60 Minutes ran a story about how now, on top of everything else, Haiti is facing a cholera epidemic (for more go here). To see the desperation facing these people, is to demand gratitude within ourselves. But, is gratitude enough? Is is enough to be thankful for all our blessings when the world around us shatters into oblivion? Perhaps our blessings are given so that we might share and serve the poor. Perhaps the poor can teach us the real lesson of gratitude. Perhaps we weren't meant to have a big party only for ourselves. Maybe we were to invite others.
Matthew 25:34-40
Then the king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' 40 And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'
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