“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.” What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and
still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from evil. All this He does only out of Fatherly divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him. This is most certainly true. Luther’s Small Catechism
Thanksgiving Day is a popular holiday for most of us. It is a time to gather with family and friends. It is also a time to give thanks to the Lord. When we read Luther’s explanation to the first article of the Apostles’ Creed, we are reminded of all the things God provides for us. God has poured out His love and gives us all our earthly blessings. He gives us our life, family, friends, and that wonderful Thanksgiving meal. Of course, there will always be that temptation to complain about our lives. We live in a fallen world of sin so life can be very difficult. We are tempted to complain about many things in our lives. But as children of God we have much to be thankful for. As Christians, our entire life is one of giving thanks. We give thanks to God for giving us the earthly blessings mentioned above. Let us always remember that God gives them to us “out of Fatherly, divine goodness and mercy.” We also give thanks to God for the gift of salvation He has given to us through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. It is the Lord who has given us a life of peace and hope. He has given us a life of eternal joy. All the good things that we have received come from God. As children of God we have much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day and on every day of our lives.
I pray… “Almighty God our Father, your goodness comes to us anew every day. By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”