Friday, November 23, 2007

Turkey, Cranberries, and Jesus

Turkey, gravy, potatoes, corn, green beans, pies, soda, desserts, family, friends, football, fall, fireplaces…These are just a few words that can bring about great memories of Thanksgiving in many minds and hearts. A quick read (that makes me laugh, it is such a heavy book so there is nothing “quick” about it) through Hebrews reminded me of what I am most thankful for. Jesus Christ as my high priest tearing the veil in two so the Holy of Holies is no longer in the temple but in the communion between Christ and His followers. It’s amazing to just sit down and think about all God has done for us, the eternal life He offers, the atonement for sins through Christ, and the abundant life through Him. As I looked at the kitchen full of food, a great abundance, I realize that this abundant life is more than turkey and ham and just look around the room at all the beautiful people who have been joined in community by a common faith in Jesus Christ.

A couple of families from Indy Metro decided to put together a Thanksgiving meal for several people within our community who would otherwise do without. So there we were, people in the living room, kids running around upstairs like crazy, men sitting in the dinning room singing the I’m stuffed blues, laughter in the air, and warmth from the fireplace, ahhh this is the life. So this is what it looks like then I thought to myself. This is what a Christian community looks like. I was so grateful to be able to help serve others and be a part of a larger family. And then I remember in Hebrews the writer also saying the Word is living and active. I can say truly I saw the Word moving yesterday.

None of it would have been possible without Jesus. So ultimately on any Thanksgiving what is really going on is God offering us a greater opportunity to see Himself through love and community. I wish we could save the leftovers of that one day like we do the mashed potatoes and gravy. I plan on it though, in some abstract way, I plan to keep reheating this community I saw yesterday and keep on enjoying it all, this abundant life in Christ.

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