I am sitting here, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, looking at one of our favorite weeks of the year, the week in preparation for Thanksgiving. We could have as many as 30 people in our home, from every walk of life. Some celebrating, some grieving, some doing both. We have some families who have a future with exciting possibilities ahead of them, and some who are waiting to see how the disappointments are going to play out. All will be here for Thanksgiving, and we couldn’t be more pleased. God has blessed us richly.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it has been a rough year. I won’t go into a lot of details here, but it has been rather tough, dealing with life, dealing with sin, dealing with rejection, and living in a sinful world. But we are still so thankful. Let me see if I can explain what I am thankful for. I am not married to the perfect woman, and my kids aren’t perfect. For that fact, neither am I (just ask my wife and kids). I am not thankful for a perfect life. In fact, life is anything but perfect.
I don’t know what you are dealing with, but I am certain you are dealing with crud too. Maybe it is the death of a loved one, the first Thanksgiving without them at the table. Maybe it is the death of a dream. I know a lot about that. It could be the pain of a relationship that isn’t right, or maybe it is the grief of your own sin. I don’t know, but I am certain you had crud too. So what is there to be thankful for. Let me tell you, in one word, REDEMPTION.
I know life hurts, but Jesus offers redemption. There is the pain we all deal with, but there is redemption. Relationships that aren’t right, or people we may never see on earth again, but there is redemption.
So, I want to pause with you for just a quick moment and together we can thank God for redemption. Is your marriage in turmoil, thank God for redemption. Are your children making foolish choices, thank God for redemption. Is life falling apart, or maybe it is you that is falling apart, thank God for redemption. As you sit down and feast this year, take a moment, and whether you are out of the pain, in the midst of the pain, or just going into the pain, thank God for His redemption.