One problem with hurried holidays

I’ve heard many more people use the blended word ‘Thanksmas’ to describe their amalgamation of the two major holidays looming on our calendar. Marketing gurus already have us celebrating Christmas, yet not many want us to skip the turkey and stuffing or football games and the manufactured Black Friday shopping events. It seems to me that as we gulp down way too much food, we pause just long enough to belch out the greeting ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ and with the next breath talk about our Christmas fantasies. I wonder if this rush past Thanksgiving reflects a deep down attitude of thankfulness that is momentary and fleeting? It must be a natural tendency for us human folk to quickly move along to the next most pressing thing in our lives, the Apostle Paul was constantly reminding people to be thankful for Christ’s sacrifice for us. He wanted to ensure we are cultivating deeply rooted attitudes and not just Hallmark emotions that change with the calendar.  So have a ‘Merry Thanksgiving’, and while you’re greeting people this week, take the time to share what you’re truly thankful for.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.