“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” Thus began Charles Dickens novel about the French Revolution in March, 1859. A Tale of Two Cities. Those were tragic times to be sure; but minus the guillotine, we live in just as perilous times today. Heads aren’t rolling, but this COVID19 virus is ending the lives of too many people and disrupting the lives of millions more.
If its’s hard to find something to be thankful for these days let me offer you some things to be thankful for.
- Your life. Ask, why am I still alive when so many are dying? Good question, isn’t it?
- Your family. Kids can drive you crazy, true. But they are a gift from God. Honor them. So are parents and in-laws, cousins and grandparents. Honor them too.
- Friends, especially the kind you can say anything to. They too are a gift from God.
- Food on the table. Though many will go hungry this Thanksgiving, you will be blessed. Give.
- A roof over our head. So remember those in your community who are homeless. And do something.
- Those who paved the way before you. You owe them mucho thanks.
- If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, be thankful for his salvation. You know you don’t deserve it.
Starr and I want you to know that we are very thankful for you, who actually take the time to read my scribblings. And we are thankful for those of you who don’t have a clue of what I’m talking about. Thank you for being there, for being you. We are so thankful for you.
23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for[f] you. Do this in remembrance of me.”[g] 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. ~1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (ESV)
If Jesus could take the time to give thanks to the Father for this last supper he would have with his disciples, his friends, knowing the cross that lay before him the next day, couldn’t we also, in our “worst of days” give God the thanks he deserves.
Honor God, honor people, and thank you…, so much,
Dr. Gary Davis, President
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