Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Very Few Thanksgiving Observations

Thanksgiving is the gateway to Advent and Advent offers countless events and meetings, the preparation of a new liturgical emphasis, the ending of the liturgical year (yet another one gone so quickly). Pressure. Which caused me to think about my people, and the harried lives they lead. For, unlike me and my woman, they have a life besides church. So that what is done here is done in addition to all the other "must do's" on their list. LORD, give them grace and strength.

It is raining today. Because of Thanksgiving our schools released their students early into the dark fall hues, wet and cold. They cover their heads and walk to their cars laughing as they go. LORD, what will be their world? When Christendom finally dies, will they ever hear the Gospel? Or will they only be subjected to some sort of civil religion? "When the Son of Man returns will he find faith on the earth?"

My People, LORD, Thy People, are hurting this day before Thanksgiving. Families are in trouble. Divorce looms. Cancer. Sutures are blood soaked and pain meds are needed. Families grieve the loss of children and parents and spouses. How can they be thankful? But they are, even through their tears. They are better Christians than I am.

John Henry Jowett said, “Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.”  Then, LORD, give me this day before Thanksgiving a grateful heart.