November - Chaplain's Chat

Have you started planning your Thanksgiving meal already? We have. With more than one household involved, it takes a bit of coordination and communication well in advance. It is a meal that we anticipate year-round; already, members of the family are imagining the flavors of favorite foods and snacks. It is a tradition that certain things are eaten during this meal, like deviled eggs or my wife’s cheeseball. Another tradition is going around the table and expressing special thanks for someone or something. It is a great time for family and friends to spend together, giving thanks for each other and for God’s blessings in our lives.

I’ve always thought Americans have it wrong: Instead of expressing thanks one day a year, we should have one day a year that we grumble, complain, and are generally dissatisfied with life. Then, the remaining 364 days, we could be happy and grateful for God’s goodness. Of course, I am simply making a joke, but there may be some underlying wisdom in the thought. The Bible teaches that we should maintain an attitude of gratitude always. For example, Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica to “give thanks in all circumstances,” reminding them that this is God’s will (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). First Chronicles 16:34 says to “give thanks to the Lord, for He is good…” Colossians 3:15 reminds us be thankful. The psalmist exhorts us to “offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving…” (Psalm 50:14). Over and over in God’s word, we see this exhortation: Be thankful.

As you prepare for this year’s day of national thanksgiving, I hope you will consider the multitude of things for which you should be grateful. We live in difficult days, and it can be easy to get lost in the morass of problems plaguing mankind; however, through it all, God is good. We, above most people in the world, are richly blessed. As a result, we should be utterly thankful. I know that I am, and I hope you are too. Remember, He loves you, my friend – and so do I. Happy Thanksgiving!

- Chaplain Brian

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