As Thanksgiving rolls around each year this question surfaces; to Whom are we addressing our appreciation? For the believer the answer is simple. We say "thank you" to the God of the Bible. Only He has the power to bless, intervene, protect, provide, save, heal, forgive and deliver as we have experienced so many times. What a warm sense of acceptance as we realize He has chosen to draw us to Himself although He is totally self sufficient and needs nothing. Somehow He wants to interact with His creation. That would be US with all our foibles and failures, doubts and fears. Truly amazing grace.
On the other hand, what a fearful position to be in on Thanksgiving Day having rejected God. Gazing on the limitless reaches of interstellar space filled with countless galaxies, stars and planets, feeling oneself responsible to wrest an existence from such vastness...what an empty and vapid soul such a person must be!
A thousand times better that we look at life through the Psalmist's lens; "The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want". True peace! Complete security!
May we each go through this Thanksgiving and Christmas season deeply aware of the gracious God of creation and his benevolence toward us!
Richard Orrell, Lead Pastor