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Take the time to be thankful
November 23, 2009
by Rev. Bill Hillyer, Saving Grace Lutheran Church, Delan

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalm 46:1-3 NIV)

Most years, I am not ready for Thanksgiving to roll around. But, this year is different, for reasons I haven’t yet put my finger on.

I am definitely ready to take a break from all the hurries and worries of life. And I’m looking forward to sitting back and enjoying a couple days of rest. I’m even hoping my batteries will have a chance to recharge.

In Psalm 46:10, the writer tells us to “be still and know that I am God.” It’s hard to be still. In fact, it’s hard to sit still long enough to even remember that God is here with us.

There are so many things happening in the world around us that take away our quiet times. With all the news reports focusing on recession, health care changes, pandemics, terrorism, etc. – it’s hard not to be worn out by worry alone!

Yet, Psalm 46 reminds us that no matter how bad times get in life, God is always there with us to bring hope, comfort, and peace to a troubled world.

Did you know Martin Luther paraphrased the words to Psalm 46 in his most famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God?” Luther understood that, even in the darkest days of the Reformation, when he lived with a price on his head, God is able to guide and protect us through all of life’s difficulties.

With all the worries and concerns of 2009 upon us, take time this Thanksgiving to, “be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Take the time to reflect on all the blessings we have in this life including spouses, family, friends, homes, jobs, and especially, a God who loves and cares for us so much that He sent His only Son to pay the price for our sins by dying on a cross in our place. And, not only did Jesus die in our place, but He also overcame sin and death and rose again from the dead, guaranteeing for all who believe in Him eternal life, as well.

I can’t wait for Thanksgiving this year! There are so many blessings in my life to be thankful for. When we pause from the busyness of life and reflect on who God is, and all He has given us, it is only natural to be thankful for all we have.