“Thanksgiving –n- Kneel ”

Revelation 7:11-12

“11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, 12 singing,

‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour
and power and might
be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.’”

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving when theoretically we finally gather with family and friends, feast on a roasted beast or at least good food, and turn our eyes towards Advent and Christmas.  Many in our country will not have experiences that measure up to the visions spun by the media.  Most will not take time to go to their place of worship to give prayers of thanks to the host of our blessings, maybe a prayer before the meal.  Many will be preparing for Black Friday, warming up their fingers to find sales on the Internet.  Many more will grieve the loss of a beloved at the table this year.

         I come to the end of my Bible references found in Biblegateway.com for the word, “thanksgiving,” and end with a reference found in Revelation, the last book of the Bible.  It seems appropriate.  Revelation does not focus on the pleasures of this life as the author, John, was on the Isles of Patmos, because of his faith and he was old.  His eyes turn to heaven as he envisions the angels in heaven praising God.  There is a list of words: blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power and might.  Thanksgiving is the one that is most easy for me to tie down in words I can understand.  For two weeks we’ve fleshed it out.  We can be thankful for

  –deliverance in times of trouble

  –antibodies to fight disease

  –nature

  –deeds of kindness

  –salvation

  –God’s goodness

  –gifts people have that bless our lives

  –God is invested in us and values us

  –we have voice in the path of our life

So many things to be thankful for and to kneel before the host of our banquet tomorrow…along with the angels and elders in the heavenlies!  Blessings, you are not alone.

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