Adam’s Devotional- November 26- December 2, 2020

From Adam

Thanksgiving is the most Christian holiday. No, it’s not the Pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a meal together part. It’s the gratitude part. Cue the quote from theologian Karl Barth (according to Pope Pius the XII, Barth was the greatest theologian since Aquinas):

Grace evokes gratitude like the voice and echo.

Gratitude follows grace like thunder follows lightning.

Only gratitude can correspond to grace.

Gratitude is our most basic response to God’s love. Thanksgiving. As followers of Christ, we are called by the Holy Spirit to gratitude for Who Christ is and for what Christ has done. We come to worship; we enter into prayer; we go out and join in God’s work in the world– all from gratitude. That’s why Thanksgiving is the most Christian holiday. Christian gratitude is generative. The more we come to know God’s love for us, the more cause we have for gratitude. As our capacity to receive God’s love increases, so does our capacity for thanksgiving. 2020 may have been a year when gratitude hasn’t come as easily as in years past. But no pandemic, no national division, nothing in the past, present, or future can separate us from God’s love for us in Jesus Christ (thanks, Romans 8:37-39). That’s the source of our gratitude. It’s not everything going our way. It’s not our side winning. It’s not even life going back to normal. The source of our gratitude is the immeasurable power of God’s love.

God’s up to something . . . practice thanksgiving.

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