Scripture: Psalm 145
Key verse: (4) “One generation shall laud your works to another.”
Reflection: Don’t blink now or else you could very well miss Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas and wake up in the New Year. For so many, these next few weeks are going to fly by very quickly. From the gatherings of Thanksgiving to the festivities of Christmastime. On the other hand, there are many out there who wish they could blink and miss Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas and wake up in the New Year. For some there are no happy gatherings no festive parties or happy memories to share.
As Christians, however, one thing is for certain, that we are part of a large family of faith. Psalm 145 reminds us of all that is passed down to us; from the songs of praise for God’s goodness, to stories of God’s deliverance, to accounts of God providing in a time of need, to the ways in which God comes to us when we are downtrodden. Whether you are excited for the season of holidays coming up or whether you are not feeling so festive, know that you are in a family of faith where these stories are your stories. We share in the stories of praise and the stories of lament as one family. As a spiritual practice this week leading up to Thanksgiving try to recognize someone else in your family of faith; if you are rejoicing right now, be aware of someone who is mourning and mourn with them. If you are mourning right now, try to give thanks for the joy found in the life of another. And wherever you are, be aware of the stories and faith that we pass on. As the psalmist says, “One generation shall laud your works to another.” In what ways are you continuing to share the goodness of God in your life and the life of those around you? Wherever you are in this season, may Psalm 145 be an entry into Thanksgiving, reminding you of the blessings that come from God and encouraging you that you are not alone in this journey.
Prayer: Gracious God, we give you thanks for the opportunity to give thanks. We give you thanks for the blessings in our lives and the blessings we can see in the lives of others. We give you thanks for the promise of new life even when this life may seem so dim. We give you thanks for the community of faith. Amen.
Author: John Magnuson
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].