• Thanksgiving Turkey Dressing

  • LEA Weekly Devotion

    Word’s Worth series 2022–2023

    Week of November 20, 2022

    Thanksgiving Turkey Dressing

    Thanksgiving approaches, and I get visions of turkey dressing—you know, rows of turkeys dressed in white, martyrs of the holiday, and…oh, oh, where am I going with this? Excuse my Food Channel mindset. What I really want to say is this: And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work—2 Cor. 9:8.

    Yes, in addition to providing food, God stuffs you with endless platters of blessings. And you celebrate dressed in these blessings—even if you have a few gravy stains, evidence that sometimes you’re a bit sloppy with those blessings. You repay generosity with gluttony. Sin soils. Gluttony bloats—and does little, certainly not excelling in good works for others.

    Jesus washes you clean—white-robe clean every day as you remember your baptism and repent. He washed you, using a tide of His blood. And now He sends His Spirit to exercise away any gluttony with service to students, family, friends, and even enemies.

    Here are a few more ingredients for a true thanksgiving celebration. When you say “grace” before you feast, remember Indeed, we have all received grace upon grace from his fullness—John 1:16. Amazing grace, considering your condition—the sin you inherited, the sins you committed, and your aging bodies. For all for which you can be thankful, don’t forget Jesus. He is the reason for this season too!

    Oh, but don’t go yet. You can’t forget dessert. Doesn’t your soul just hunger for some spiritual pumpkin pie? With lots of whipped cream or ice cream on top. (Maybe both!) Perhaps that’s an earthly metaphor for Advent, which so quickly follows Thanksgiving. Thank God for giving you another blessing in that you look forward to the Second Coming. God even dresses you for it. Unbelievers don’t have this dessert.

    So feast and celebrate, friends! Laugh and be jolly—Christmas won’t mind. And if you’re desperate for frivolity and you’re lacking a few giggles, imagine dozens of fully dressed turkeys trotting to your home, bouncing  Brussel sprouts, skiing on green beans—and all dressed up with little white coats.

    Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.—Eph. 3:20–21.

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    Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
    Director of Communications
    Copyright ©2022 Lutheran Education Association

    Quoted Scripture: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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