Greetings on this day before Thanksgiving! Looks like it is going to be a sunny and crisp day here in southwest Michigan.
Right now there seems to be a lot of fear going around. The media feeds it as fear seems to sell news (or what passes for news). Tough economic times especially seem to generate fear. People seem to think this is the toughest time we have ever faced (each generation seems to think that!). As one pastor friend of mine put it, people seem ready to get their toilet paper, water, peanut butter, put on their white robes and head for the hills!
There is another choice – there is the choice of thankfulness. There is the choice of joy at what God has done in our lives and what He is going to do. There is the choice of courage. Christ has promised that even the gates of Hell will not prevail against the church. There is the choice of trusting in God and forging ahead with great energy and faith.
It seems that the concept of American exceptionalism is not very popular – in fact the opposite view seems to be in vogue. However, even a cursory view of history shows that this country is qualitatively different from others in history. That exceptionalism has been earned by people of great faith, who have worked hard, have not given up in the face of adversity, and who do not cower in fear.
Fear and thankfulness don’t live together. So, cultivate a spirit of thankfulness and banish fear from your life. I hope that as you celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, you stop and reflect on what the Lord has done for you and for this country.
Gratefully serving Him and thankful that I am a citizen of the United States of America,