Persuasive Essay On Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a difficult day to hear God’s Word. The minds of the cooks in the pews are in the oven and on the stovetop, or maybe even still at the grocery store. The eyes and ears of grandmothers are on their grandchildren. Today’s parable shows that the thoughts of farmers remain with their grain, whether in the field, the barn, or the market. Perhaps the Scripture passage for the day ought to be Mary and Martha.
The state gives us extra incentive to hear God’s Word today by scheduling a national holiday. Holiday comes from holy day, and while it hardly means that anymore, a Christian might still recognize something of the truth in that word. But our state holiday actually contributes to the difficulty of hearing God’s Word today. Thanksgiving …show more content…

Shall we count the deadly ones? Lust, Greed, Wrath, and Envy. But for those with ears to hear, it is Thanksgiving itself that brings the list to a full seven. Gluttony, Sloth, and Pride. Our Martha concerns are mostly first-world problems. Our thanksgiving does not spill over into the generosity that our Epistle speaks of. But the greatest of these is pride. For just as we can take pride in “our team” from the couch—as if our dozing had anything to do with their winning—so we have twisted gratitude into a synonym for appreciation. We nod in agreement at the TV commercials, billboards, internet memes, and decorations that urge us to gratitude and thanksgiving as we sit surrounded by family, eating food that brings with it pleasant and relaxing memories, planning our shopping strategies. We are so thankful for these blessings. But what it amounts to is that we like our blessings. We like our families. We like food. We like football games and naps. We like new TVs. And we can appreciate them even better without having to hear about God. We don’t mind being humbled by considering the things we have that others don’t. There’s still room for some pride in there. But God has a tendency to humble us by taking away the things we are grateful for, which is to say, the things we appreciate—the stuff and people we love, fear losing, and look to for blessing. Atheists have no difficulty celebrating thanksgiving. They simply …show more content…

Paul sums it all up in this phrase: A confession of the Gospel of Christ. For that is the source of all good gifts: Jesus Christ has made peace with God our Father, justified the whole world in His death, and atoned for all your sins. It is freely given apart from the Law, out of Fatherly divine goodness and mercy, without any merit, or worthiness, or thankfulness in you, but purely on account of His Son. Purely on account of His love that declares the unlovable to be lovely by washing you in the blood of Jesus. As it is written, He has distributed freely, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever. And that is the righteousness He gives freely, graciously, as a gift. St. Paul calls this enduring mercy and favor a surpassing grace of God upon you. It surpasses our lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. It surpasses our idolatry and even our thanklessness. Your life does not consist in the abundance of your possessions. It consists in being possessed by Him, a recipient of His mercy that covers all your sin and that overcomes all

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