Autumn Thanks

The crisp, cold air… the overcast days, the silence of the air conditioner, the lower electric bill, the aromatic smells of the Purina Plant wafting through the air ranging from fried chicken to fried chicken feathers, the browning Bermuda grass, the emerging beauty of golden trees, the more chaotic church schedules, the growing fanaticism of football fans, the growing interest in turkey prices: ALL ARE MARKINGS OF AUTUMN IN OKLAHOMA! How we, with autumnal nostalgia, prepare ourselves for the various rites of autumn: football, festing, and feasting! Bedlam is over, but football games are yet to be played. Festivities take of all types have been taking place. And for our Holy Trinity congregation the feasting will already begin this Sunday, November 19th, as we celebrate together our community of Christ. This annual Congregational Thanksgiving is always fun and filling as we pause to give thanks to God together!

Yes, football, festing, and feasting! These three words are uppermost in our thinking as we mentally prepare for that special time to gather with family and/or friends in celebrating the abundance of God’s blessings upon us. I feel especially blessed this year since I will be driving to Kansas City on Thanksgiving Day to feast and fest with my son and his family. But even more of a blessing for me is that I will be privileged to baptize my new grandson, Jaxon Christopher, on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. As Bob Perry would say, God is good all the time, and all the time God is good! 

As Christians we need no special day for saying thanks to God. You see, Thanksgiving is to be part of our daily life and our continual expression of faith. As we look around and consider all that God has done for us, we must exclaim the psalmist, “O give thanks to the Lord for He is good, and His steadfast love endures forever.” God has been good to us as individuals, as a congregation, and as a nation. Let us consider the blessings we have received from our God: 

 Our Almighty Creator – the Father – has made us and continues to sustain us. 

 Our Loving Savior – Jesus Christ – has redeemed us with His precious blood and forgiven us all our sins.

 Our Powerful Sanctifier – the Holy Spirit – has graciously claimed us and continually gifts us with His grace.  

Our God has given us abundant blessings. And far greater than any material blessing are His spiritual blessings of the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting given us through the saving work of Jesus. As we draw ever closer to Thanksgiving, let us pause to thank Him! Let our thanksgiving in words be accompanied by thanks-living in deeds! Let us live out our thanks by giving ourselves to others! May the Holy Spirit empower us all to give thanks and to live thanks! 

With Joy in Jesus, 

Written By: Pastor Barrie Henke