Today is Thanksgiving and many of us are celebrating the holiday. Meals are being prepared, friends drop by, parades and football are being watched; and for a while, everything seems right with the world.
Of course most of us know better; we understand that there is tension in multiple places in the world. People are starving, warriors are dying on both sides of the conflicts, people are out of work, some are in hospital and many are alone and homeless.
I don’t tell you this to make you feel guilty, but rather to relate to you a fact that many of us need to realize and take to heart.
Even though the wolves are at their door, even though their feast is meager and even though they may be alone and cold, it is a fact that some of the most grateful and dare I say truly happy are those who have the least. They appreciate even the smallest of blessings and they call upon God to express their gratitude.
You see, for those of us who are in that comfortable to rich range, it’s easy fir us to take what we have for granted. The ones that are truly blessed are those who are truly grateful and thank God for what they have.
In my humble opinion, the most inspirational sermon ever given is when Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew Chapters 5 through 7 Jesus gives us the blue print for living a Godly live. There are the Beatitudes:
MATTHEW 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
MATTHEW 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
MATTHEW 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
MATTHEW 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
MATTHEW 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
MATTHEW 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
MATTHEW 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
MATTHEW 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
MATTHEW 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
MATTHEW 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
There is the references to salt and light:
MATTHEW 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for
anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
MATTHEW 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
MATTHEW 5:15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in
MATTHEW 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
In a later post, I will discuss more of the Sermon, but this is Thanksgiving, let’s rejoice in it and share it with the world.
Happy Thanksgiving, and remember who gave that Sermon, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.