Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
Just to let you know: by the time you read this you already have lost.
Even if you waited until the day after Halloween to put up your Thanksgiving decorations, you already have lost. The brick and mortar stores long ago outdistanced you. Weeks ago they already were into the Greed-of-the-Grinch season which used to be known as Christmas.
Thanksgiving? Oh, who spends much money on Thanksgiving, anyway? Why bother with Thanksgiving?
Maybe there is a very good reason to “bother” with Thanksgiving. Let us start with renaming the day as “Giving Thanks.”
Gratitude has gone out of style in many circles of our contemporary culture. Instead, we have replaced “gratitude” with“entitlement.”Why should I be thankful for something I deserve in the first place: my rights, my privilege, my status, my health, my education, my comfort? Can I help it if others have not worked as hard as I have to get what they need? That is their problem – not mine!
On encountering someone who is destitute, homeless, despairing, hungry, hurting, I will hear the statement, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” Does that mean God gives grace only to those who deserve grace…like me?! The idea of “deserved grace” is an oxymoron. Grace is receiving what you do not deserve. Not one of us deserves any of the blessings we have, so our life style should be one of gratitude, and therefore grateful for the privilege of showing grace to others….ALL others.
Maybe Thanksgiving Day would look a lot different if we focused more on the people who need to receive grace from us, than of our focus on the menu which fills our Thanksgiving table.