Tuesday, November 20, 2012

THANKSGIVING: Repentance and Reconciliation!

Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Repentance and reconciliation is good for the soul!

During this time of Thanksgiving people try to focus more on being thankful for the people in their lives and not on the things that they have.   Of course, we are thankful for all the gifts God gives us, including things and people and even the challenges that life brings as it is only He that can use them to help us grow wiser, stronger, and closer to Him. 

In my short 48 years on this planet I have seen people throw good friendships away because somebody said something they didn't like, people disown family members for disagreeing with them or their choices, and people divorce spouses because it seems too difficult to open their hearts to each other in forgiveness and work at reconciliation.  And yet, when Thanksgiving rolls around, for what are people most thankful?  Their family and friends!  Sometimes our pride and expectations get in the way of repentance and reconciliation.  The wacky tv dramas we're all addicted to don't help either.  

So, this Thanksgiving and throughout Advent and the Christmas season, encourage people to find somebody they've been disconnected with due to bad behavior or harsh words and reconnect with them.  We are all guilty of inappropriate behavior and should all take the high road and reach out to somebody whether we think it was our fault or not.  Things may never be quite the same but, after all, that's who we're all most thankful for.... and that's what God calls us to do.

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