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A Thanksgiving tradition that does not fail

Tue, Dec 8th, 2009
Posted in Faith & Worship

"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope." Psalm 130:5 NIV

"O give thanks unto the Lord for he is good and his mercy endures forever," is used by many Christians to give thanks to God at the close of their traditional Thanksgiving meal. But many this year may not be having a traditional Thanksgiving. They've had their hours at work or their pension contributions cut. They've lost their jobs and may be going to the community Thanksgiving meal rather than hosting the bounty. They may have a car which isn't running right, but don't have the money to fix it. Instead of being in their own homes, they are in a healthcare facility. They may be in a hospital bed awaiting an uncertain surgery or recovering from the injuries of war.

For those whose lives are filled with the good things for which Thanksgiving is known, remember to give thanks to the Lord for he is good. For those who feel separated from all that is good, listen to the words of Psalm 51: 8&12, "Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.... Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me (NIV)." King David wrote these words at a low point in his life. He had good reason to feel that he had fallen far from God, yet his hope for the future was in the Lord. When our situation seems hopeless that is the very moment we need to cling to the Lord for his mercy and grace. David, like so many others who have felt bitter discouragement and looked to the Lord, was not disappointed. God's goodness and mercy were able to restore David and God's boundless power and love can restore your life as well.

See you in church!

Submitted by Paul Ibisch, pastor emeritus and adjunct professor of religious studies at Viterbo University. Telephone 608-799-0990.

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