Sure, this holiday has become, for many, as secular as most of them. But we are not bound by such secularity. We can celebrate Thanksgiving by giving thanks, not to goodness in general, but to God, the Giver of all Good Gifts.
And so I offer here some expressions of thanks that may be relevant to this group. I invite you to add your own.
I am thankful to God for:
- the grace of Jesus Christ, which is both the inspiring cause and the humbling standard of all our deeds;
- the Church, the body of Christ, which God generously gives to us as the place where we might grow as disciples, and which is always greater than our theological and not so theological descriptions;
- the four offices, whose possibilities are always greater than our living of them;
- the Reformed Church in America, which is a sign, even when it forgets or abandons it, of the truth in its old slogan, “Nisi Dominus Frustra”;
- the officers of the General Synod, whose labor is both to listen and to lead;
- the General Secretary, with all his abundant gifts of intellect;
- my friends in the Chicago Invitation, who have been a joy and an inspiration to me.