Give thanks
by Rev. Ken Moren
Nov 27, 2013 | 1105 views | 0 0 comments | 162 162 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. One of the reasons I love this holiday is because it is a time when my entire family gets together. We celebrate by visiting and sharing with one another, watching the Macy's parade on television, playing a variety of board games, and of course, watching football games. At some point, in the early afternoon, we sit down to enjoy a most delicious meal together. Traditionally, before we pray and give thanks to God for his bounty and provision, we pause to individually give thanks to the good Lord for some meaningful blessing within the year. This tradition is a great opportunity to comply with the apostle Paul's admonition to,

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessolians 5:18/NIV)

It gives me great joy to listen to family members and friends give thanks to God for their specific blessings. Usually, I am the last to give thanks, and the one thing I always include is my gratitude to the Lord for sparing my life on a battlefield in Vietnam and saving me. For this I am eternally grateful and echo the words of St. Paul's exuberant sentiment when he said,

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.” (2 Corinthians 9:15/NIV)

To give thanks is a virtue, because it is the proper and right thing to do in response to a courtesy, or benefit received. Regardless of our individual family traditions, may we pause this Thanksgiving and give thanks to God for every blessing which he has so graciously and abundantly bestowed upon us. It is the proper and right thing to do. Happy Thanksgiving!

The Rev. Ken Moren is minister of Family Christian Center. Sermon notes is a column by local religious leaders.

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