Almighty Congregants,

Blessed be our God, and His Son Jesus Christ, in communion with His Holy Spirit.

Yesterday was thanksgiving.  Yesterday, we commemorated the day of giving thanks for all that we have, in expressing gratitude for our loved ones who are here physically and those in spirit, and for the wonderful food we might have eaten.

May we ever be grateful, folks.

In one of our readings from yesterday, Joel, who was a minor prophet in the Old Testament, spoke of being thankful of having food, of winning battles, for the LORD being faithful in his covenant with the Israelites.  And in 1st Timothy, it is written that we should give thanks, praise, supplication, and everything in between when we worship the Almighty.  For we have one mediator of our prayers – Christ our Lord.  And then in the Gospel of Matthew, it is written that we should not worry about anything, but rely on the LORD for everything.

If it isn’t obvious now, it should be: The LORD is for us, and we should be thankful for that – each and every time.  

An attitude of gratitude is always needed, folks.  We live in a country where we don’t say thank you enough, we swear at people more than we love them, and we consider people “others” if they are not like us.  But, we should live with an attitude of gratitude for our loved ones; we should be grateful and appreciative of people of different backgrounds and cultures and languages.  We live in a fantastic country, but our people aren’t appreciative of what we’ve got!  We’ve got people who can look at things from different angles and viewpoints, and THAT my friends is a blessing, not a curse.  

As we move toward Advent and Christmas season in the church, let us being thankful for our loved ones and neighbors, and yes, even our electronics that make our lives easier.  Simply because they are a creation of the LORD, we should value them with highest honor.  And if you’ve got friends or family who abuse their free will, love them anyway.  You can love others even if you disagree with how they use their free will.  Still invite them to the dinner table and treat them with dignity and respect!

We’ve got one mediator, Christ our Lord, who talks to God the Father on our behalf, advocating for us when the Father sees sinners.  In 1 Samuel, it is stated that during the Judges/Kings period, there was no advocate between God and the Sinner.  But we have a priest and King and Advocate on our side. 

So even if we are heartless sinners, Christ sees a chosen people who have decided, in one way or another, to follow Him.  Let us prove Christ right by how we treat our friends, families, and neighbors.  

“Love one another, as I have loved you.” – Jesus.

Alleluia and Amen.

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