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Thanksgiving Beggars  

“Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for his mercy endures forever.”
- Psalm 136:1

To celebrate true thanksgiving is to get everything in proper perspective. It is to admit that ultimately we are not self-sufficient but totally dependent upon the grace of God. It is said that some of Martin Luther’s last words were: “We are all beggars”. That is for sure. If we believe that God is the Creator and Owner of all of the earth, then we are in a sense “beggars” indeed. That is to say that ultimately we own nothing. We leave this earth with empty hands. And all that we have even now is really owned by God and given to us as good stewards if we would but acknowledge it.

Gratitude is a natural quality in every person who is not entirely given over to selfishness, and the expression of gratitude is the simplest and surest way of giving honor and paying respect to another person.

It is to be expected, then, that expressions of gratitude to God should be among the most basic aspects of our rela-tionship with him. It is all too easy for us to overlook the ordinary, everyday blessings that we enjoy: food and clothing, shelter, friends, health. Too often these things are taken for granted as though they were our due. But the fact that so many of God’s good gifts have been with us all our lives is a circumstance that ought rather to in- crease our sense of thankfulness.

It is good for us to pause and recollect, for the comforts and blessings of our lives always outweigh the unpleasant things, and, for this very reason, we tend to overlook them. Yet, even things apparently undesirable or evil can be made occasions for thanksgiving to God, since he never fails to extract from even the most unpromising situation some element which can be turned to our good.

We give thanks to God for his many blessings, and not the least for the opportunities he has given us of learning patience and forbearance through our adversities, and learning to know ourselves better; of learning, perhaps even in failure or neglect, that the only ultimate value in our lives is the love he has for us.

Thanksgiving Day offers us an opportunity to stop and express our appreciation for the preciousness of life, the goodness of life, the bounty given to us by God “Good measure: pressed down, running over.”

“Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for his mercy endures forever.”

In Him,
Pastor Kurtis Schultz

 

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