Thanksgiving is tomorrow. I have to admit it is one of my favorite holidays. I love being around the table with all the great food and family, laughing and reminiscing over days past, sitting around and watching football and that afternoon nap…I am getting excited just thinking about it all! Having been a pastor now for 3 years I have become the designated individual to say grace over the meal. Don’t get me wrong I love to pray to my Heavenly Father and to thank Him for all He has done but I don’t have anymore of a direct line with God then any other believer. Honestly it is a special time and I count it a privilege to say grace over the meal on Thanksgiving with all my family gathered around the table together. If you are the designated grace sayer this year just know what a great honor that truly is. However, even though there is only one person who will lead in saying grace my prayer for all of us this Thanksgiving is that we would all SHOW grace, each and every one of us.
Sometimes it is a whole lot easier to say grace than it is to show it. Maybe your family isn’t on the best terms relationally at the moment and the thought of gathering together has you breaking out in a cold sweat at just the thought. Perhaps there is that one individual or muliple individuals who are normally nails on the chalk board to your spirit who will be gathering with you tomorrow. Maybe one of your relatives wants to bring up every political hot button topic and intentionally takes the opposite view you may have and ceaselessly go on and on. Maybe you will be sitting at the table with someone who has really hurt you in the past, someone who has wounded and scarred you deeply. Maybe you will be around someone who is down or depressed and they seem to be sucking the life out of the room seemingly single handedly making everybody else miserable.
No matter who may be sitting around the table with you tomorrow don’t just say grace – show it. Show it by being respectful of others opinions who are different than yours may be, show it by extending forgiveness to those who have hurt you, show it by encouraging the one who is feeling blue, whatever you do don’t let the only time you acknowledge God and His goodness be the words spoken right before the turkey is carved. No take this opportunity tomorrow to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ and allow yourself to be the instrument of His grace in the home you will be at tomorrow. And remember if you catch yourself getting frustrated or agitated with certain individuals tomorrow to not just say grace but to show it. Who knows through the grace you show them they may come to know the saving grace of God. Happy Thanksgiving to you all and may we all give those around us a glimpse of our Savior and the grace He showed us.
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. – 1 Peter 4:10