“That I may make the voice of thanksgiving heard
And tell of all Your wondrous works.”
– Psalm 26:7
Tomorrow is a national day of Thanksgiving, but if you listen to the news long enough, you will think it is a day to be spent complaining about the weather, possible stampedes at early holiday sales, and the inevitable traffic stand still on 23 and 270. And to add to the irony, Thanksgiving is followed by Black Friday! It seems that the world is full of noise about everything we are not thankful for! So, what would it look like to be thankful people? Thomas Merton (Trappist Monk, author of The Seven Story Mountain) describes it this way:
“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”
May each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving, and may you know God’s immense goodness and grace as you gather around the table.