There’s a pretty good chance that as they head back to work this day a good majority of Canadians are toting a turkey sandwich in their lunchkit, backpack, or attaché case. You can bet too that for most, dinner tonight is a déjà vu of all but the good silverware.
There may still be dishes to scrub, decorations to take down, cards to close and cleaning to be done. For some, there may remain visiting family or friends to see off or drive to the airport. Yes, in many ways, Thanksgiving lingers…
But what about thanks-giving?
This past Sunday Pastor Steve (Lincoln Baptist Church) reminded us of the words of David in Ps. 103:1-5.
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
What might it look like if you packed these in your lunchkit, backpack, or attaché case: love, joy, peace… all that good stuff from Galatians 5:22. Or how about packing some thanks giving praises to your team-mates… the shop clerk, that guy on the street-corner…you know, “kudos?”
- “You’re so good at that Jim!”
- “Thanks for the double-cup… your smiling service… “
- “I admire your initiative!”
Or how about packing some un-merited acts of kindness:
- Rake that shut-in’s leaves…
- Give that store clerk a card of appreciation…
- Hand a grocery voucher to that fella on the street-corner…. when it isn’t even Christmas!
But people just might start to talk about you. They might say you are different. They might say you make them look bad. They might think you are trying to be like Jesus or something.
Well, you are! — He’s told us to, and He enables us to. That’s why we’re thankful!