Scripture: Matthew 19:23-30
Key verse: (21)Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
Reflection: Wake up early to put the Turkey in the oven, watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, make a few pies, work on the puzzle we set out for the week, before eating a few pounds of turkey and finally an afternoon nap. That is my ideal Thanksgiving plan. No stress. No family fighting. No worrying about a perfect meal and perfect place settings. No last minute run to the grocery store. Do you have a plan?
On November 28th, families and friends all across the country will gather together to kick off the holiday season. Thanksgiving is not only a day to give thanks and to celebrate family, but it is also a day where we spend a lot of money! According to the LendEDU, the average person plans on spending $186.05 on Thanksgiving, up 7% from last year. A few things to think about: that is not for the average dinner but by person and this is an average number. Another amount that I have seen floating around is $500 for the average Thanksgiving meal. The amount we spend on one meal is more than most people will spend on groceries this month.
The day before Thanksgiving and our scripture is the rich young ruler. Of course it is! On this day of true gratitude and love, we have to admit that occasionally we are more concerned with the perfect table and what is on it rather than those who sit with us. I haven’t even mentioned Black Friday shopping that begins the following day. Our scripture today is a reminder that the only cure for fear is trusting God. The only remedy for greed is trusting God. Food, possessions, perfection are not bad until we begin to worship them. May our pursuit for possessions and perfection not take priority over our concern for each other and those who go without this Thanksgiving.
Prayer: In the name of the Creator whose love sustains us, and of the son, whose life redeems us and of the holy spirit, whose presence brings us comfort, we ask your blessing for this day and always. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[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].