Before it was a National Holiday, Thanksgiving was a theological statement. It is an attitude of the heart, a response to God’s grace, a way to live life at its best. As we celebrate this month of gratitude, hear these words of one of my Christian mentors, Brennan Manning…
Thanksgiving is the song of the saved sinner. Steeped in Calvary-awareness of the merciful love of the redeeming God, the Christian’s life becomes one of humble, joyful thanksgiving. Through no merit of his own, but by divine mercy, he has been called out of darkness into wondrous light. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). Unnecessary emotional suffering—depression, anxiety, guilt, fear, and sadness—is vanquished by the transforming power of the love of Jesus Christ. The cross is a confrontation with the overwhelming goodness of God and the mystery of his love. God is please when we work; he is delighted when we sing. And the saved sinner sings, “It is right to give him thanks and praise.”
–The Gentle Revolutionaries
May each of us remember this season what is at the heart of our gratitude—The Word made flesh out of love for us, Jesus Christ.