2196 Finding God in the mysteries of every day
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1 John 2:15-16 (New International Version)
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
Galatians 5”22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
At this time of year especially we are thinking of thankfulness in terms of what we have, how good the harvest was, the blessings of family, and all of the other stuff we most probably take for granted the rest of the year. The late actor and war hero Jimmy Stewart in the movie Shenandoah played the part of a Virginia farmer caught in the middle of the war between the states/ At one point in the movie Stewart sits at the head of the table and is enjoined by one of the daughters in law to “say the blessing” before the meal. He begrudgingly thanks God but then goes on gives all of the reasons he feels that he doesn’t owe thanks to anyone but himself and his own hard work for the bounty of the table. The character totally misses the idea of giving thanks and the reason to do it.
There is one crucial element of thanksgiving or saying “grace that I think by and large we miss all together, and that is GRACE. Without the mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus there would be no bounty, there would be no world.