Thanksgiving 2010 – The Good Land


Sermon by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 11/23/2010

And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you” (Deu 8:1)

The day after tomorrow we will once again give thanks to our Lord for the Mayflower, for the pilgrims, and for Squanto who helped the pilgrims survive that first winter on the coast of Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts.

We will thank our Triune God for a time of family reunions, for the hours many of us will be able to spend with our loved ones.

And we will thank Him for tables that—even in times of economic uncertainty—for many of us will be bending under the weight of roast turkey and pumpkin pie.

But as we move beyond eating and drinking with friends and family, there are some in our congregation for whom this particular harvest is probably one of the most difficult seasons in their lives.

In fact, if you are struggling with major turmoil in your life—relational struggles, maybe uncertainty or termination of your job, serious health issues, addictions—you might even look at those around you and feel a certain disconnect.

How can I be thankful when all I see around my life is chaos?

Why in the world is God humbling and testing me this way?

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