Thanksgiving. We talk about it as though it is something that just automatically makes sense to anyone who sees the word. In our culture, it is often associated with those things that we are glad we have … plenty to eat … plenty of money … plenty of material blessings. But as I reflect upon what is happening in our world, I am not content to thank God for those things that I have that others don’t have. I am frankly disturbed by the notion that God would bless me with something that others, by circumstances beyond their control, simply have no ability to access. Perhaps, as we consider the Lord’s Prayer, we can thank God who provides us with enough.
So in this season, I am thankful that God has blessed me with enough bread for the day. I am thankful that God has provided me with enough love of family and friends. I am thankful that God has provided me with enough struggle to live beyond my own sense of entitlement. I am thankful that God has provided me with enough talent to serve faithfully.
I am thankful that God has provided me with enough forgiveness that I might be led to forgive those who have wronged me. I am thankful that God has led me face to face with those whom I consider enemies that I might learn how to love them as much as God loves them. I am thankful that I have been given the opportunity to serve the many people I have served, for they have (sometimes unknowingly) served me more than I have served them.
So in this season of Thanksgiving, my challenge is for us to be thankful for the God who is enough for us … who provides us with enough … who gives us the opportunity to serve those who don’t have enough. Then when we have served those who don’t have enough … those who are the least of these … we will have served the Christ who is himself enough for us!
May your Thanksgiving be enough!