Thanksgiving

This weekend, we Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving. In the Bible, there are several words for thank, thanks, and thanksgiving. These words are, for the most part, both verbs and nouns. They are, among other things, closely associated with words referring to confession—both of sins and of faith; grace—God’s unconditional favour, acceptance love and forgiveness toward humankind, as well as grace in the form of prayers before and/or after a meal; provision of the basics of life; giving sacrificial offerings to God; and participating in holy meals like the Passover, celebrating God’s deliverance of Israel from Egyptian slavery, and the Eucharist, thanking Christ for delivering us from the powers of evil and sin and being present with us by feeding us with the eternal food of heaven.

Thank you, two small words, yet they mean so much. The more we give thanks, the more we realise what we have to be thankful for—our thanksgiving is actually a daily thanksliving. All is from God; all is gift; all returns back to God—from the micro to the macro world we live in; from the individual to the family, from the local to the national, from the national to the international, from the international to the cosmic—there are endless opportunities for thanksgiving and thanksliving. This weekend you may consider making a list from A to Z of people, places, and things for which you are thankful. “Praise the LORD! O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 106:1)

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