Matthew 18:1-2 – At that time the disciples came to Jesus, asking, "Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?" So Jesus called a child, and had him stand in front of them. (GNB)
Last Thanksgiving, our pastor spoke on being thankful, which, of course, is common on Thanksgiving Sunday. He spoke about the blessing of a relationship with Jesus Christ. He spoke of the blessing of family — young and old — and friends, and the freedom of worship, and good health, and good harvest, and good weather, and a good job — all the usual things for which we are to be thankful.
On this particular Sunday, there were no children's classes. During the sermon, the pastor called all the children to the front of the auditorium. I don't remember the reason he did this, but he asked, "What do we have here?" At the top of his lungs, one little boy said, "A blessing!" — meaning, of course, that all the children are a blessing.
What truth comes from the young ones in our churches, in our communities, in our families! Children are a blessing from the Lord. We are to be thankful for them. At times, our patience runs thin with their activity, their attitudes, and their responses to life. And yet, they are a blessing. We can learn so much from children, if we choose to do so.
I have heard of families who go around their Thanksgiving table taking turns saying something for which they are thankful. Maybe this Thanksgiving, it would be good to reflect on what we really are thankful for. Of what would our list consist — the things that really matter in life, or the trivial things of life? Let's put some serious thought into this.
Ephesians 1:3 – Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world. (GNB)
Prayer: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for loving us, for dying for us, for giving us the opportunity to accept eternal life. Thank You that You bless us by giving us every spiritual blessing. Thank You for family, and friends, and our church. Thank You for children who are so open and honest — we love their candidness. Our hearts are filled with thanksgiving to You today. Amen.