"One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.” (Luke 17:15-16)
The cool crisp early morning air, the leaves crunching underfoot on a walk through the park, the smell of roasting turkey and pumpkin pie filling the house, the sounds of family and friends loving and laughing while a football game drones softly in the background; these are a few of the things that make Thanksgiving the annual favorite holiday that it is for me. I cannot help but feel overwhelmed at the goodness of God as I reflect on His many blessings to me and mine - and yet, all of these temporal blessings pale in comparison; they cease to matter at all in fact when held up next to the ultimate gift that God has bestowed on each of us in Christ’s sacrifice for our sins on Calvary’s dark hill.
I want to remind you today to take time this weekend to, like the Samaritan in the passage above, throw yourself at Jesus’ feet and thank Him! If family festivities or travel plans will be preventing you from gathering with our Church family on Sunday morning, then please - wherever you may find yourself - remember to give thanks for what God has given you in Christ!
For those of you who will be joining me at DCC, please come prepared to share communion, to worship in spirit and truth from hearts of sincere gratitude; and to be fed the word of God. I am really excited to share a Thanksgiving message from Luke 17 entitled - “One Out of Ten”.
I hope to see you at 596 St. Mary's tomorrow!