After Thanksgiving

It has been a week of Thanksgiving, a time during the year when most are focused on the grace of God poured out on this country and the blessings bestowed upon an often-oblivious people who have derived their global status by having once been one nation under God. Families gather to enjoy bountiful meals and put away the pettiness of divisive dissensions to bond under the banner of gratitude. Of course, seasons change.

It is a bit ironic that Thanksgiving introduces a season of rampant self-centeredness more to the point of a God-forsaken people, where the accumulation of things to the extreme monopolizes the mentally of millions. Marketers are no fools, and bait and cater to the whims of an instant gratification generation, playing on misguided religious sensitivities in order to ply their wares. Christians are not so easily ensnared.

After all, Thanksgiving is just the end of a special time of expression that regularly exists every day in the life of a child of God who takes seriously His command: “Be ye thankful” (Colossians 3:15). One who follows Jesus exhibits this realized indebtedness to the Savior’s love and sacrifice by living a continually thankful life. This kind of existence is one of constant concern for the wellness of others (Matthew 14:14; 1 Corinthians 10:24), a deep and abiding sympathy for another’s misfortune (Matthew 9:36; Galatians 6:1-2), and the ready willingness to assist where opportunity presents itself (John 9:4; Acts 10:38).

“Seasons” come and go but the Christian maintains; they always care and are always thankful, even after Thanksgiving.

Jeff Sweeten