Together in Thanksgiving
LEA Weekly Devotion
TOGETHER series 2021–2022
Week of November 21, 2021
Together in Thanksgiving
He humbled you by letting you go hungry; then he gave you manna to eat, which you and your ancestors had not known, so that you might learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothing did not wear out, and your feet did not swell these forty years (Deut. 8:3–4). [Or read all of Deut. 8:1–10.]
Can you imagine this happening at your Thanksgiving gathering:
Reporter: For what are you thankful this Thanksgiving Day?
Small group on the corner: Home-made bread. Clothes that don’t have sand in every pocket. Lack of swollen feet. Figs and pomegranates. Olive oil. Honey. You know, the usual.
That’s what you might have heard from the Children of Israel as they gathered in thanksgiving to God for all His blessings.
Your answers might be a little different, but, in general, your blessings fall into the same categories listed above. Or you may offer no answer at all, given the difficulties of the past year—or failure to recognize God’s goodness when you saw it.
Moses and company did have a few surprises—no swollen feet for one. When is the last time you thanked God for healthy tootsies? Seems too small and trite for a festival like Thanksgiving. Unless you’ve had swollen feet. Then there’s the food. Will there be a platter of manna nestled between the turkey and stuffing? (If there is, be sure to check the “best by” date.)
In an era when critics of traditional teachings about the origins of Thanksgiving Day threaten to revise the account of indigenous natives and non-indigenous pilgrims, what are we to teach our children?
You and your school have a great alternative: The real meaning of Thanksgiving! Yes, Thanksgiving has a real meaning too. And it’s not about maize, stuffed relatives, or searching for the latest angry revelation about the iniquities of the early settlers. It’s about swollen feet and pandemic protections, about giving as much as it is about thanking. Most of all Thanksgiving is about Christmas.
Well, it might as well be! Christmas decorations are already showing up in stores and on houses. And that’s okay, because the greatest blessing for which we have to be thankful is the Savior Himself. Our Savior. The Savior who has come and is to come.
Merry Thanksgiving and a Happy Eternity. Enjoy God’s company too!
We invite you to read the LEA guest devotions.
Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
Director of Communications
Copyright ©2021 Lutheran Education Association
Quoted Scripture: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
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