The No. 1 reason to be thankful is we have life given to us by God. Life starts and ends with God. His love originates our being.
His love created us in splendor and majesty at conception. Praise the name of the Lord for His goodness to each of us human beings made in His image.
The life we have is full of reasons why we give thanks to our supreme Creator and Redeemer and Lord Jesus Christ.
Some of the reasons are very obvious. We love life, family, friends, food and experiences of love in our lives. We cherish the gift of sunrises and sunsets. We look forward to times at the ocean and in the mountains. We love going to new places and seeing different cultures, foods, philosophies, creeds, nationalities and viewpoints.
Some of the reasons are not so obvious. We are so busy we do not stop to be grateful. Time escapes us. We seldom have a period of time to meditate, reflect and ponder on the meaning of our lives in relation to God and others.
So November is a perfect time to sit down and relax in the mood of thankfulness for God, friends, family, work, ministries, passions and calling to make our own life meaningful, precious, valued, affirmed and cared for by ourselves in gratitude for all our blessings.
Take time to really reflect on the goodness of human life, human family bonds and human friendships. Take time to be grateful for these iconic relationships that matter so dearly in our hearts, souls, minds and spirits.
The time to be thankful is to share the rich blessings we have received in this life by God. God is the origin of life and we hold God to be the Supreme Maker and Lord and Savior by His death and resurrection to make us realize our blessedness.
So when you gather around the table at Thanksgiving time with your family and friends, give thanks to God for your loving them with all your hearts and souls and minds for the glory of God. Yes! The reason for Thanksgiving is to help us remember how truly blessed we are as human beings to share in this wonderful reality called life. Give thanks to God for yours!
The Rev. Michael Lubinsky
(The writer is parochial vicar at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta.)