Thursday marks the beginning of the season of Thanksgiving. On next Thursday our focus will be on giving thanks, and then a month later, we will share in the giving of gifts to special people in our lives.
If someone were to ask what you are thankful for this thanksgiving, what would you say? Would you begin with family, friends, jobs, houses, cars, heat, stuff, and more stuff? How would you answer? Here is a better question. Where on your thankful list does the cross & resurrection appear? It is interesting as you listen to the apostle Peter in 1 Peter chapter one as he describes what we have been given by God at the cross of Jesus; which he describes as being more precious than gold. For many, thinking about what to be thankful for, is often viewed toward the physical. It is after we inventory our physical life, that we conclude, if there is much (if anything) to be thankful for. What if a family member was a victim of a recent shooting? Would that change thankfulness? What if you just found out you have a terminal illness? How would that impact your thankfulness? What if you just lost your job and your hope for a bright future? What about if you were homeless? Hungry? The list of all that can go wrong in our world is endless, but only one entry is priceless- THE CROSS. Nothing that happens to us, near us, around us, can have any impact on what has already been done, from above us, and now IN us -on Calvary. You see, it’s all in where you look, and as Peter says, it’s what you remember. Let’s not allow the cross to get so far removed from our lives, that its’ power becomes diminished. Never allow anything in the world to overshadow the greatness and power of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. And lastly, let us be eternally thankful, regardless what happens. Praise be to God!! Blessing to all this Thanksgiving season.