17 Nov We Give Thanks
Our Father in heaven has claimed us as His own. By the shedding of His Son’s blood, by His death for our sins and His resurrection for our justification, God the Father has received us back into His family. By water combined with His Word, promise, and name, the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in us. We belong to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is in us, and we are in Him, and being in Him, all things are ours. In Him, we are richly and abundantly blessed.
Everything that is His belong also to us: righteousness, peace, eternal life. Even our temporal treasures are gifts from His fatherly diving goodness and mercy, and we manage them in such a way that they may be returned to HIm. His temporal gifts are blessings to and for us, and bring blessing upon us even as they are pressed into His service for His kingdom and the souls that receive them. We bring them to Him, hallowed through prayers of Thanksgiving and God’s Holy Word, as an offering. Thus, all our possessions, as gifts from God, are also offerings to Him, from which we eat to nourish our bodies, share with our family, neighbors, and fellow Christians, with the poor and even our enemies, as holy things given by the holy God.
Thus we place all that we have into God’s hands, and He never fails to remember us and pours out the fullness of His promises upon us. We give thanks for all that He has done, is doing, and will continue to do. We give thanks by not taking for ourselves, but giving to all even as our heavenly Father has given to us.
As we prepare for the celebrations of Thanksgiving, may we all give thanks continually for all that we are and all that we have because of God’s providential care. “For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance.” (Matthew 13:12)
-Adapted from the LCMS website