Black Friday is now “Black November,” I think? Retailers are worried that the pandemic will make for challenging sales figures, so they’ve unleashed their “deals” early. Cyber Monday is pretty much “Cyber Everyday.” Also, order early. There’s only so much capacity for the expected crush of packages that will be ordered online and delivered via FedEx/UPS/USPS.
So, how’s that list? Not the list of things to give (and get?) for Christmas, which is well on its way. Do you have a list of things for which to be thankful?
Of course you do. How long is it? Is it long enough? How long do you dwell on it…before returning to those other lists: Christmas, to-do at home, to-do at work, to-worry-about-even-though-you-can’t-do-anything-about, etc.
How long will the refrain of thankfulness last beyond the calorie-stuffing and parade-watching and football-cheering of the secular version of Thanksgiving?
How long before the world – and we – return to our usual pastime of complaining and not being content? After all, COVID…
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Always! Continually! In all circumstances! Give thanks! God’s will! In Christ Jesus!
We may not have all that we want, but we do have all that we need. It all comes from the Giver of every good and perfect gift. Without fail.
We have so much for which to give thanks to God! May we thank him with every breath, with every moment, with every word!
Don’t wait for a date on the calendar to express your thanks. Do it now. Do it daily. Do it because, frankly, you can’t help it!
Pray, praise, and give thanks!
Thanking Him with you,
Pastor Stephen Luchterhand