From the Pastor’s Desk:
This month we will be celebrating what has probably become our most forgotten
National Holiday. Squeezed between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving Day,
often gets lost in the commercialism of Christmas and Halloween. Thanksgiving
the one day we set aside to say “Thank You – God” for the blessings we have
received and continue to receive here in America. “Thank You God” for the food
that fills our tables and the time we have to share with family and friends.
Thanksgiving Day has become a day for Football and Pre-Christmas Sales. What
have we done to this day of remembrance? What does that tell us about our
ungrateful nation and its people? I’m afraid that we as a nation, blessed above all
others, have come to take our blessings for granted. No longer do we celebrate
the food on our tables as gifts from God. No longer to we celebrate family, friends
and neighbors as your children. Too many times we fail to look at people of
different ethical backgrounds as equals that are entitled to the blessings that we
enjoy. Help us O Lord, to remember your call to love one another regardless of the
obvious social and ethical differences and to see the heart in which you dwell.
Galatians 3:28 tells us: “ There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free,
nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
May this Thanksgiving Day find you surrounded by family, friends, and neighbors giving
thanks to our Creator God for the gifts of individuality? May we never forget to
give God the thanks and praise due his Holy name.