At risk of contamination

Last year I overheard a child ask his mother this question: “What is Easter about?” The mom paused for a moment and said, “It’s about family and fun and chocolate and spring.”

A part of me wanted to whip out my Bible and say, “Actually, it’s about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!”

But that would have been crazy weird—and probably not very helpful to this young family!

The reason I’m saying this is because here in Canada we’re about to celebrate Thanksgiving. (It happens earlier in Canada than in America.) And even with a pretty generic holiday like Thanksgiving, we can easily forget what it’s truly about.

We can start to call it Turkey Day or even just think of it as another day off.

But I want to challenge us to resist that.

And try not to hear me as some pulpit-thumping pastor. (If you see me and call it “Turkey Day” I promise not to freak out.) I just think that our words remind us about what’s important—about what we’re truly doing.

Psalm 118:1 says, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good…” So why not focus on that?

When people ask you what you’re doing for the weekend, you can say things like…

“We’re celebrating Thanksgiving at our place”, or
“We’re going to church to show our gratitude to God”, or
“We’re going to do some fun things and just be grateful for how much we’ve been blessed.”

Thanksgiving is great. I love the changing leaves, the smell of turkey, and apple cider.

But what I love most is the fact that our society has set aside some time to specifically say thank you. And in a time when many people can fall victim to the thinking that they’re entitled to everything, even Thanksgiving is at risk of contamination.

So let’s enjoy Thanks-giving. And let’s do it in a way that reminds us of what it’s truly all about.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • To find out what’s happening this Thanksgiving Sunday at Westminster click here.

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