A Note from Pastor Bill: Remember the Lord Your God

Remember the Lord Your God

In an article written about Thanksgiving, “Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  The entire day is spent savoring a delicious feast with family.”  Or as one friend shared, “Thanksgiving is the day when I get to spend time with family and fill up on home cooked food.”  At the grocery store a woman commented, “I’m so excited, I just can’t wait for Thanksgiving. The entire family will be home.”

Would you agree there’s an extra level of emotion attached to Thanksgiving?  As we gather with family and friends, aren’t we excited about being at the table together?  We feel a stronger bond with those around us.  There are more hugs, laughter and tears.  Our senses are on high alert.  Our stomachs growl like never before at the smell of food.  It’s an emotional time.  

In a devotional by Henri Nouwen he wrote, “Only a sense of unworthiness can result in a profound (complete) thanksgiving.”   A profound thanksgiving expressed in an emotional way but also evident in a change in behavior. 

The emotions are there but is there a change in our behavior?    Does our behavior show our profound thankfulness for family, friends, health and food?   As we sit around the table does the freedom we have to be together make us feel like it’s something we deserve? You see it’s so easy to separate emotions and behavior.  

Here God’s Word from Deuteronomy Chapter 8.  “And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these 40 years in the wilderness, that He might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.  And He humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these 40 years.  For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.  And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land He has given you.”

“Only a sense of unworthiness can result in a profound thanksgiving.” How is this possible?   By remembering the Lord your God, all He has done for you and every word that comes from His mouth.

…Pastor Bill