Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
Somewhere along the way, many folk have allowed the likes of Hallmark, Martha Stewart, and the social media culture to skew their world view into one of caring only for self. I confess that celebrating Thanksgiving Day in a food orgy for self gratification always has been “oxymoronic” to me. Where is the connection between giving thanks and getting all I can just for me?
How can we recover a true sense of thanks giving? Perhaps we begin by reflecting intentionally on the amazing grace we all have received from God Almighty, the source of the life we have. Perhaps by finding ways to reach out beyond our own circle and engage with those who are forgotten and who need a word, a hug, a smile, a gesture which says to them that they are a child of God.
My graduate school professor, Kenneth G. Phifer, speaks to this perspective in his “A Book of Uncommon Faith.”
“There is a grandeur in my humanness, too often lost in my absorption with cheap pleasures and hollow happiness. There is a privilege in my relationships with others that I treat lightly, engrossed as I so often am in the emptiness of stroking my ego … I am grateful for those times when I am caught up in something that flings me into contemplation of life’s eternal issues: love and faith; hope and grace; the simple glory of being; and the complex meaning of eternity. I am thankful that it is hard to live in isolation. Life keeps breaking in on me. Glory be to God for a multitude of unexpected things: a smiling stranger, a friendly word, a rainbow, the fragrance of jasmine, the hush of prayers. Glory be that I cannot sink into self-centeredness without pangs of conscience, or flee into indifference without pricks of conscience….Thank you, Lord, for not leaving me alone.”
A meaningful time of Giving Thanks to each of you!