Our Advent of Thanksgiving

“I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart…” (Psalm 138:1)

The Thanksgiving holiday season occurs just a few days prior to the beginning of Advent season in which Christians anticipate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is during this time of year, many of us reflect on being thankful for family, friends, food, health, and strength needed to progress through life.  We even, individually as well as collectively, seek to help the elderly, the sick and shut-in, and the poor enjoy a Thanksgiving Day meal by donating and delivering food baskets and cooked meals to those less fortunate ones who are without.

This notion of seeking to help others is an actualization of God’s love for humanity and an expression of whole-hearted thanks to God for all that God has done for us.  And it goes without saying that God has  done plenty for all of us, in spite of us—that’s what the birth of Jesus Christ is all about.

Giving thanks to God for the tangibles of life is one thing, but giving thanks to God for his Grace is quite another.  Truth be told, we need more than one day in November to thank God for his grace—we have 365 days in a year and it’s still not enough days to thank the LORD for his unmerited favor toward us every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day, of every year of our lives.

O, LORD, we give you thanks with our whole heart starting now and from this day forth.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lurecie M. Stokes

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