Lives of Gratitude

October 11, 2021

Exodus 23.10-13

10 “For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, 11 but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what is left. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.

12 “Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed.

13 “Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.

Sabbath years, Sabbath days, rest for the animals of burden, for the servants, care for the poor.  Reminders that we have been given an abundance already and do not need to grasp for every little bit that can be squeezed out of the land or any other resource.  We have been given an abundance already and should not hold back from helping the poor.  The poor that we will later be told should never be among us, but yet always will.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada it is good to reflect on the ways we have been so blessed.  All the things in life that show that God is in our midst and giving us life.  And the ways in which he allows us to bring grace to others.  A meal to one in need. Help to bring refugees searching for a home to a new land.  Time to share with another who is hurting.  We have been blessed and we want to give thanks to God for our blessings.

It is not a coincidence that the CRCNA has been having offerings for World Renew on Thanksgiving for all these years.  It is part of the reminder that our gratitude to God is shown in our lives.  Lives of gratitude that show our love of others.  A love of others that we are also reminded is then love of God.  Jesus will remind us of that in Matthew 25.40 “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Spend some time considering what we are thankful for.  Praise God for those ways we have been blessed.  Also spend some time considering how we will show gratitude in the way we love our neighbours.  Loving others as lives of gratitude every day.

Song10,000 Reasons

Prayer

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season, and for the labours of those who harvest them.  Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, in the provisions for our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your name, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

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