Daily Archives: November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving Day

“For He is Good”

Psalm 136:1


            In the Name of the Father and of the Son of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

You don’t need me to tell you that you should be thankful.  Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good (Psalm 136:1, et passim)!  If you haven’t experienced the goodness of the Lord, then you are unlikely to give Him thanks.  But if you are here; if you have life and breath, food and clothing, a house and a car, family, and all the blessings that belong to this life; then you have experienced the goodness of the Lord.  And the Lord seems to fling His blessings around heedlessly.  “For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45, ESV).  He gives good things to those who surely don’t deserve it, and He gives good things even to us, who think we do deserve it.

And who doesn’t love giving thanks?  Or, at least, Thanksgiving?  Sure, the pious will gather before the meal and everyone will say something for which he or she is thankful.  Like one of my teenage years when I thanked God for girls.  Because, well, because without girls none of us would be here.  I had to think of something that sounded good.  But many people are far from even my superficial, teenage piety.  What is Thanksgiving?  It’s Biggest Shopping Day of the Year’s Eve.  It’s the day when we consume enough food to feed a small, third-world nation-or maybe a not-so-small, third-world nation.  It’s the beginning of Thursday night football and the push for the playoffs.  It’s the day when the whole family can finally gather together to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or, better yet, Survivor.  It’s a day for giving thanks, but we can’t quite remember who it is we’re supposed to be thanking.  Ourselves?  Our parents?  Our bank accounts?  And all the goodness that we experience, all the gifts we have been given, are consumed or left over.  But we don’t need to be reminded to be thankful, right? Continue reading