There is a lot to be thankful for as we enter into this week that is intertwined with the excitement of the Thanksgiving holiday. All around, people are and will be remembering ways they have been blessed with this past year and throughout their lives. This Thanksgiving we have been reminded, after the service at Grace this past week and the community service at the United Presbyterian Church, that we are to be thankful for the source of all of these good things, and that is Jesus Christ.
Following Thanksgiving, we so easily jump back into the routine that consists of the speed and business of the “Americanized” mentality of life, hurrying through and sometimes not being grateful for the blessings of which we, days before, were celebrating and praising God. It is so easy to fall trap to such inconsistency, but it is possible to battle against such a mindset, cultivating a heart of thanksgiving, which is portrayed in our text from Sunday: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
One way we can give thanks to God is by reflecting on His promises and gifts that have come into the world by way of the sending of His Son, Jesus Christ. This upcoming Sunday begins the first week of Advent, as we will be grateful for the HOPE that Christ’s birth established and His first coming allows us to experience in light of His return. We reflect on the truth that ultimate HOPE has been given in the name of Jesus and something of which we are to be grateful.
Advent is a time to consistently celebrate and cultivate a heart of thanksgiving towards God. Some sources that have been helpful with initial questions to what is the purpose or meaning of advent are found in the articles below:
Continue to be thankful for the blessings you experience, but even more so, look past the blessings, and look to God, who is the source of every good gift and every perfect gift. (James 1:17)