What are You Thankful For?
– Colossians 3: 15
These past weeks have brought much anxiety to our community and to our world. Flooding, terrorism, war – every time I turn on the news or read the internet or look at the paper, I am overwhelmed by all of it. It is heart-wrenching to know of so much darkness that exists and it’s difficult to discern what to do. People are responding to these circumstances in different ways. Some are angry; some are fearful; some are avoiding the realities because they don’t even know how to feel. Our world is in a state of unrest and we need the hope of Jesus Christ now more than ever.
Paul, the primary author of much of the New Testament Scriptures wrote four of his texts (letters) from a prison cell. Paul was arrested and tortured for his faith in Christ and yet to read his words, you would think that he was comfortably sitting at home at his kitchen table, next to a roaring fire, writing letters. This was not the case at all! Instead, he was alone and imprisoned, not sure of what the next moment would hold for him – and yet in those moments, he wrote words like: “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts”, “Whatever you do…do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father”, “Give thanks always for all things”. Paul’s faith is a testimony to Christians everywhere of what true thanksgiving really looks like. It’s not about comfort and food and football. Thanksgiving is rooted in loving and trusting a God who will not be stopped. Kings, religious leaders, Satan, even a crucifixion could not stop our Lord from being victorious – Neither can terrorists or political divisions, or anything else happening today, stop Jesus from being the Lord and Savior of the world.
This week we will celebrate Christ the King Sunday in worship. I love that this last weekend before all of the hoopla starts is about proclaiming that Christ is King. Paul knew this truth – and even in the most difficult circumstances he always had a thankful heart. May we too put our faith and trust and focus on our one, true King. Let us be thankful that for all that God has given us and done for us – and let us be thankful that God is leading us forward into a hurting world that is desperate to know Jesus. We have an opportunity to share the Good News like never before.
Your partner in ministry, Mandy