And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
This is my favorite day of the year. There’s something magic about Christmas too. And Thanksgiving feels like it begins the Advent season leading to it. It’s a meal day, which I love. It’s a day to gather with family and invite friends and to be thankful for our blessings and mindful of those who are absent. It feels like a very holy activity. And I’d say it really should be.
Our scripture reminds us that whatever we do, do it in the Lord’s name AND giving thanks as we do. Even when God’s people were in exile, in the desert, in the Promised Land, under Roman rule, awaiting a Messiah, awaiting his return, in trial and tribulation, or even triumphant, in pandemics or in plenty, we are called to do and say it all in the name of the Lord and giving thanks. And so we shall. Last year, many of us couldn’t gather. Gatherings are still a little different this year. But in all things, we will share meals, serve those in need, and praise the Lord.
I hope you will find yourself at a table with those you love this day. And I hope you’ll invite others to join you. But wherever you are, I hope you’ll find time to say and do good things as God calls us to do, in the name of the Lord. I hope in the new year, we will find ourselves saying and doing many things for those in need, side by side, and that we will sit at tables together again as a family of faith.