“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.