Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.
2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3.
“We give thanks to God always” is a wonderful faith image. Of course, Paul adds the phrase “for all of you”. His purpose to is let this first-generation Thessalonian Christians know that they are precious to God! It is important for us to pause and consider this truth: We are prized in God’s sight!
The parables of the lost coin make sense, does it not? The lost coin is us. When we are lost in our faith journey, when darkness surrounds us and creeps into us, God is like the woman sweeping her floor seeking that one lost Coin. We find ourselves to be that lost sheep in the world. We stray and meander through the world being enveloped by the world and its teachings. We wake up each day and unbeknownst to us God is lost to our soul! But God is the Great Shepherd who seeks and finds his lost sheep. Our God finds us!
The Gospels of Saint Matthew, Saint Mark, Saint Luke, and Saint John illustrate God is the way of salvation. As the Son, Jesus Christ, God lowers himself and becomes one of us. Being born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth to Joseph and Mary makes me wonder about Jesus’ youth. At the age of 7, did he walk on the Sea of Galilee to cut a little inlet? Did he raise the beloved house cat from death, so mom would not be sad? These and many other questions I look forward asking Him in heaven.
These four-gospels witness to the truths about Jesus’ teachings, parables, and healings. They record his death on the cross at Golgotha, and then celebrate the empty tomb of Sunday morning. Jesus bleeds and dies to be our sacrificial lamb that pays our sins. We learn that Jesus raised himself from death to gift us, the believers, with eternal life.
“We give thanks to God always” is right and good thing to do! He does so much for us! He makes us a new creation in Christ as we live in this world. His plan is to give us an eternal home and a new life which will never end! So, enjoy your Thanksgiving Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and family this Thanksgiving Season! But take a moment, look around, and note the many blessing God gives you. Then, in prayer “give thanks to God”. Do something new with your family as they graze around the Thanksgiving table. Tell them what you are thankful to God about! They need to hear it! They too need to reflect upon God in their lives!
Viva para Dios!
Live for God!