Today (Labour day) is the official last holiday of the summer. What a summer it has been! In my family, we planned and experienced a wedding for our daughter Elleana and our son in-law Alex. It is so good to celebrate and give thanks to our Lord! For some of you, however, this summer may have been a time of loss, of receiving unfavourable news, and the desire to celebrate and relax was seriously diminished.
When we celebrate life by giving thanks to God, we acknowledge that life is a wonderful gift that God wants us to enjoy to the fullest! In Ecclesiastes 3 we read: “I know there is nothing better for them (God’s people) to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil.” This verse is one that follows the section of scripture we are so familiar with from Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven – a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up what was planted; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build up; a tune to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; …….”. I believe that when we live remembering that all we have is a gift from God in love - the time of loss, and receiving bad news will not destroy us, but give us the peace that God in his love will work things out for good (Romans 8:28) and there will be time of laughing and dancing again!
The celebration of communion (The Lord’s supper) also helps to remind us what Jesus has done in his love. In the midst of preparing for the new school/church year, we can easily be absorbed into the stresses of school, work, and other responsibilities we have taken on. “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11: 24) is a life-giving command of Jesus that helps to put one’s life back into the perspective--that you are a loved child of God, and nothing can separate you from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8: 38,39)!
During the month of September and through to Thanksgiving Sunday, we will explore the topic of Thanksgiving more deeply through a sermon series on ‘Living a Thankful Life’. Please join us!
Let’s give thanks to God for his gift of life!