As I most likely won’t be posting from my parents house this weekend, today seems as appropriate a time as ever to reflect on the opening phrase of the Epistle for Advent 1c. “How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you?
As an estimated 38 million americans travel “home” today I can’t help but think about how many will be thanking God for the joy that comes from family. Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks. So often, anymore, it seems as though it is merely the ribbon cutting ceremony required to get to black friday shopping (with some stores opening at midnight this year) and ultimately to Christmas.
What would Thanksgiving look like if we took the time to sit and ponder just how we might thank God enough? I know we can’t do it. To thank God enough for the joys of this life would preclude us from complaining about the pains. To thank God enough for the incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of his Son would take every living moment we have. To thank God enough for our “family” and our “home” whatever form that takes means moving past petty disagreements to see the blessing each member and their history have been in our lives.
How can we thank God enough? Well, I’m thinking we can’t. But what we can do is be intentional. We can take some real time to contemplate all we have to be thankful for. We can read through some prayers of thanksgiving (maybe the litany or Charlie Price’s General Thanksgiving in the BCP). We can articulate our gratuity to our family and friends. How can we thank God enough? We can’t. How can we thank God? By thanking those who he has placed in our lives.
Thank you to all who read this blog. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.