Thu 24 Nov 2011
I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving full of warmth and joy (not to mention yummy food!). Although it is often thought of as a strictly secular holiday these days devoted to gorging oneself while watching football and then passing out until Friday (it might still retain these elements for us), giving thanks is an act that involves both the feasting subject and the proper object(s) to which thanks is due. One doesn’t just give thanks for objects (things and people) but to the entity that provides them. Thus begins a causal chain wherein we give thanks to that which provides that which provides that which provides… etc. At the beginning of the chain is of course the One Who provides the basis for all things, namely, our God and Father. The fact that we call God “Father” reveals that He has personality and is not merely the distant origin of everything but hears and responds to our prayers. In our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ God comes to meet us under the conditions of our humanity and through the Holy Spirit we are offered the closeness of being able to speak face-to-face and mind-to-mind to this God to Whom all our thanks is due. As we enter into the Christmas season, we are all the more reminded of what it means that the Origin of the universe chose to be born in our small galaxy, on our small planet, in the little town of Bethlehem in the tiny land of Judah. Even if we had nothing else, we would already have so very much to be thankful for! So, in conclusion, let us give thanks for all the blessings we have in our lives.
God bless and happy Thanksgiving,