“Except for the grace of God, there go I.”
You have heard that quote before. We can look at this is one of two ways. Lord, I thank you that I am not like that person or living the way they do. (Like the Pharisees with a superior attitude) or … Lord, it would not take much to push me over the edge to despair.
One of the great experiences in my life was passing out turkey vouchers early in November to those coming to the foodbank. There were many who stood in line waiting for a bag of food and that voucher. It was very rewarding to be a part of a team of people helping those that needed food. I cannot speak for the other team members, but I for one was emotionally exhausted after those distributions. It would not have taken much to push me over the edge into despair and into a line waiting for food and a voucher myself.
God’s grace is just undeserved love given to us all through our Lord Jesus Christ and thanksgiving is the response to that grace.
Although there were a few who took those food bags and vouchers as if they deserved them, most were very appreciative and expressed their gratitude in very humble ways. To the thankful and the not so thankful, the food and voucher offering were the same. We had these things to offer, we gave them away, and we did so until all of it was gone.
So it is with us and so it is with God’s grace.
The Lord provides grace because He can and He knows we need it. Appreciative or not, it is still given out freely from the loving hand of the Savior.
The heart of “Thanksgiving” is found in the realization that it would not take much to push any of us over the edge into despair without God’s grace. We see bountiful blessings all around us, family and friends sharing our homes, and for this time we are only required to show up and bask in the abundant love of the One who makes it all possible. May you enjoy it all with gratitude and graciousness.
Philippians 1:3-6 The Message
3-6 Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.