From: T.M Schoewe
IS IT REALLY?
Well Thanksgiving Day is past! But is it? Last week we wrote about gratitude deficit disorder (GDD) and now as the days get shorter and the nights longer, too much darkness causes some people to have “seasonal affective disorder” (SAD). Some buy special lights to chase away the “blues.” We now even seem to be touched somewhat by it this year, since only weeks ago we lost a friend of 74 years and are in the process of finding out just what our “new normal” will be. At any rate, we all need to remember that Thanksgiving is not really over, and that the ultimate Thanksgiving is coming up!
SO THAT WE ARE NOT misunderstood, our thanks really is always through HIM who long ago walked in the garden and breathed into our dusty nostrils and made us living creatures in this world of wonders. But a bit of DOUBT slipped into the garden and we forgot our SOURCE. And in came hate, murder and death. Listen to the news, even read your local paper....it is all around us. But HE DID NOT FORGET and walked among us again and went about doing GOOD. AND the whole world knows how that story ended. But it did not end. THERE WAS THE BIG SURPRISE!
In many churches you will find the last Sunday in November (last Sunday) is called “Christ the King” Sunday. The scripture for this celebration is the last verses of the long chapter of Matthew 25 (v. 32-46). You must read it for yourself! You may say this is about the last judgment of the world. And it is! But it is also about the ultimate Thanksgiving. In this parable picture “all nations,” that is, all people “will be gathered before the King on His throne of glory.” All will be divided like a shepherd does his goats and sheep; the white sheep on His right and the black goats on His left.
The King’s address is shock for some and sweet for others. Here in the great judgment scene we find the “ultimate Thanksgiving.” People on the left are shocked, people on the right surprised. Actually both are surprised! Those on the right are invited into a kingdom (a relationship with the King) prepared from the beginnings of this world. Strange words follow. I was hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick, in jail, and you fed me, gave me a drink, clothed me, and visited me. When the surprised say “when did we see You” in troubles such as these? The King answers, “In as much as you did these things to those my brethren, you did it unto Me, for these were the redeemed of the world! They are My brethren! Enter the Kingdom of Glory.”
The King’s address to the goats we leave to your own reading. But blind to the redemption of the world they could not see the King’s mercy or the King in their fellow man!
And so we pray “Lord we believe, help our unbelief and put daily thanksgiving into our hearts and our lives with others we meet passing through this world.”
P.S. It is absolutely true: “Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever.”