November 25

Matthew 6:25-33

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” vs. 25

People have emerged from the pandemic with a vengeance these last few days. It’s Thanksgiving and they are not about to be kept from celebrating with family and friends any longer. Many have traveled long distances and endured massive waits at security lines just to eat and give thanks with those they love. They’ve rejoiced at getting their vaccinations and are grateful for the chance to celebrate. And while an inordinate amount of attention has been paid to our feast menus and we’ll all be gorging on favorite traditional foods, most of us would agree with Jesus. It’s not the food and drink that make today special, it’s the people gathered round the table with us that are truly important. We spend so much of our precious lives worrying about things that, in the long run, just don’t make any difference. And, sadly, tomorrow we’ll squander enormous amounts of money buying things that will never bring the satisfaction we crave. Jesus has told us again and again, stuff never sparks joy! He put it well, “Seek the kingdom first, live in God’s path of righteousness, and our loving God will provide for all of our needs.” Today is a good day to thank God for our abundance, but more than that, it’s a time to rejoice in the great gift of love!

Thought for the Day: Which Thanksgiving foods spark my joy?

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