What does being thankful mean?
To answer this question, dictionaries tell us that being thankful is being pleased with something that you have received.
What are we to be always thankful for?
Colossians 1:16-20 set on the path of spiritual thankfulness by naming each of us as created by God and reconcile to God through our Father, the Creator’s love.
Colossians1:16-20 For by Him were all things created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him… 20 and having made peace through the blood of his cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself – by Him, I say, whether they be things on earth or things in heaven.
We are the children of God, and like children we are learning to become spiritual beings. Learning to transcend our self centre natures and live through selfless love in service to others, following Christ's example.
For the most part we fail,
we define the world through human knowledge,
placing limits on God’s love for us.
Yet over and over again we are told we are forgiven.
Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Even in our failures, we can be always thankful that we are forgiven.
As God’s creations we are never alone.
Though people and/or happenstance may take from us all our human wealth, health and friendship, we cannot be separated from God’s love for us if we but quiet our minds.
Nothing and no one can separate us from God for this we can be always thankful.
Psalm 46: 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble
Always thankful that we are God’s children, beloved and cherished never to be separated from his love.
Lectionary readings Jeremiah 23:1-6, Psalm 46, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43.