1 Corinthians 1:3-9
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I give thanks to my[a] God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5 for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— 6 just as the testimony of[b] Christ has been strengthened among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Today’s reading from 1 Corinthians is all about thanksgiving. It seems like the perfect reading to come on the heels of Thanksgiving Day and as we head into the Advent season. I’m sure a lot of us can find many things for which to be thankful. I have been blessed with a great year, and it is easy for me to see God’s blessings right now. I have amazing friends and family, and a healthy and energetic one-year-old. I also feel blessed with a wonderful job, an awesome church family, and good health.
But today’s reading about thanksgiving and thinking about blessings has really made me think about all the people who have not had a good year. I have had years when it was much harder for me to see the blessings in my life. For many people, it is incredibly hard to look at their current life situation and see any of God’s blessings. For many people, lost jobs, divorce, death of loved ones, loneliness, poor health, or depression will be at the forefront of their holiday season.
My prayer for this Advent season is that we as a church family come together to surround these people with love and to remember that not everyone is having a good time this holiday season. You may know people in our own church going through something, people at work, or people out in the community. Because God has blessed us with His grace and love, we are empowered to reach out to others and hold others in love. And if you are going through a hard time yourself, don’t be afraid to let other people surround you with Christ’s love and be God’s strength for you. May God’s love and peace be with all of us this Advent season.