Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
If I had to pick a favorite season, it would be Fall. There are so many things I love about the Fall, but it is probably my favorite because of Thanksgiving, which is my absolute favorite holiday. Some might be surprised that I don’t have a religious holiday topping my list. While I certainly love Christmas and Easter, the busy-ness that comes with being a pastor at those times makes it hard to sit back and enjoy the holiday.
That’s part of what I love about Thanksgiving—there is absolutely no agenda. Just gather with family or friends and relax in each other’s company. At my family Thanksgiving, we’re usually at the table for at least four hours (not eating the whole time!).
And although Thanksgiving is a civic, not religious, holiday, that doesn’t mean that our faith cannot inform our observance or celebrations. When we pause and give thanks for our many blessings, we might remember the one from whom they came.
One of my favorite Bible stories is the call of Abram, where God takes a poor, wandering peasant, and promises that he will be a great nation. But that is not all. “I will bless you,” says God, “so that you will be a blessing.” God chose this man, Abraham, not merely to bless him, but so that through him all peoples might be blessed.
When we consider our blessings, when we give thanks and gratitude to God, we ought to also consider how we might use the gifts we have been given to bless the lives of others. For we have been blessed, not merely for ourselves, but so that through us God might work to bless others.
What are the blessings in your life for which you give thanks? How might those relationships, skills, talents, and material things be a part of how God blesses others?
May God bless you this Fall, this Thanksgiving, and always. And may we together work to be blessing to others in our midst.