“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 ESV)
Good luck with all that, Paul.
My spiritual accomplishment for the day was to get out of bed.
If the anointing falls strongly enough upon me, I will get cleaned up and attend to my holiday duties.
Still, it is the responsibility of professional clergy to pontificate on holidays that have some loose connection to the faith, so here’s my contribution.
We live in a time where the things that used to heal us, now can harm us.
My doctors were not excited about the Thanksgiving holiday…they were worried…they expect the hospital to be packed in mid December with those who gathered today.
There’s a new Covid variant in town and they are not sure how to treat it.
One of my doctors spoke to me of a family of four that came in…mom and dad and a brother and a sister.
Mom, dad, and the brother have passed and the girl has been on a ventilator for weeks.
The hospital has not been able to locate any family left for this child.
When she wakes up…if she wakes up…it will be my doctors responsibility to tell her that everyone she knew as family is gone.
If she wakes up and they fail to find anyone to care for her…my doctor is considering bringing her into her own home.
So this morning I’m thankful for all the medical professionals who have given all they had and still found more to serve us for these last two years.
I’m thankful that the death angel named Covid has not entered my home or the homes of my loved ones, family or otherwise.
I’m thankful for the small group of friends who have accompanied me through this time of strife, division, and sickness without demanding I check off agreement with them in every theological and political box.
I am thankful I have food and shelter because I see many who do not have either.
I am thankful that I still have a cat to feed at ungodly hours.
I am thankful that the Lord has enabled me to care when I really don’t want to anymore.
I am mostly thankful for Jesus who has covered my lack of rejoicing, praying, and thankfulness with a love that overcomes my nature.
I’m sure Paul had his days too…
Make your own application…and happy Thanksgiving…