Speaker: Kris MacQueen
In his first letter to the Thessalonian church, Paul encourages his hearers to “give thanks in all circumstances”. He goes on to say “…for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” It’s worth noting that this is a community of people who knows a thing or two about “all circumstances”. They are, in the time of his writing, part of the suffering church. They are under persecution. Whatever their thankfulness is about, it’s not grounded in anything we might understand as “the good life” as it is typically sold to us these days.
Thanksgiving, while it’s not part of the traditional Christian calendar of Holy-days, in many ways, it can be among the most Christ-oriented days of the year. This Sunday we’re going to ask the question, “What needs to be true so that, in Christ, all of us can share in this all-circumstances-kind-of-thankfulness that Paul is championing?”