True Thanksgiving Includes Worship
Text: Genesis 8:14-22
For a true Thanksgiving celebration, some things must never change. In my very German family, there must be a heaping, boiling pot of sauerkraut. My grandpa would have it no other way. In my immediate family, my mother always has to make two or three kinds of every side dish because she loves to experiment with new cooking styles. Growing up, I loved to study intently every page of the Black Friday ads to see exactly which toys I needed to ask for as Christmas presents. Even today I page through the Black Friday ads with bulging eyes as I study all the cool deals (Only now I know I can’t have any of that stuff!). For a true Thanksgiving celebration, some things must never change on Thanksgiving.
Some families go outside and have their annual family football game. Other families prefer the more lazy option of vegging out in front of the football games on TV. Most families eat too much. Most families end up passing out in the middle of the day because of their brimming bellies. Every year there are cranberries and yams and pies. Every year there are laughs and hugs and good times. Every year I make a joke in my sermon about how bad the Detroit Lions are (But I can’t do that this year since the Minnesota Vikings have the same record!). For a true Thanksgiving celebration, some things must never change on Thanksgiving.
There are many things we love about this day we call Thanksgiving. And there are many things that we just have to do to make it a true Thanksgiving celebration. Most important of all, as we are reminded by the story of Noah today, True Thanksgiving Includes Worship. Read the rest of this entry