+ Day of Thanksgiving – November 27th, 2014 +
Redeemer Lutheran, HB
Deuteronomy 8:1-10; Philippians 4:6-20; Luke 17:11-19
In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Anyone who’s spent time around children –teachers, moms or dads –they’ll all tell you that when you set out to teach children the roles quickly reverse. The student becomes the teacher; teacher a student.
Sometimes I like to live “dangerously”, so this week during Preschool chapel I asked the children what they were thankful for.
Markers, Cupcakes, Flowers, Moms and Dads, Ninja Turtles, Teachers, Jesus, Shoes, Turkey, and on and on they went.
Adorable to be sure. But that’s not the point.
Without knowing it, they were quoting Luther’s Small Catechism:
I believe that God had made me and all creatures; that he has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.
It wasn’t just in what they were saying, but how they were saying it. Turns out we can learn a lot from children about thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is about: receiving, remembering, rejoicing.
Through the children of Israel, God teaches us the same thing.
And it all begins with receiving.
The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers.