5th December 2018

Times of Thanksgiving

“So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
Hebrews 9:28 (NIV)

The American Thanksgiving in November celebrates the Pilgrim Fathers being saved from starvation by the Native American Indians bringing them turkeys and pumpkins when their harvest failed that first autumn in the New World. They also taught them how to plant crops and helped them hunt the native animals. Thanksgiving now has become a time to give thanks for our many blessings and is a time for family gatherings, much like Christmas.

A friend commented recently that with all the commercialism, perhaps it was a more meaningful time because people pause to give thanks for all things. I got to thinking and contrasting Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanksgiving gives thanks for ‘things’, for what we have; while Christmas gives thanks for what we have not—the removal, or forgiveness, of sins through Jesus Christ.

At the first Thanksgiving the Pilgrims received food that gave them physical life; while because of the birth of Jesus, we receive spiritual food that gives us Eternal Life, and for which we can be eternally thankful! There is a hymn which sings ‘You give and take away, blessed be the Name of the Lord’. He takes away sin and gives eternal life—let’s be thankful day by day!

Father in Heaven, thank you, thank you, thank you, as we count our many blessings. You give us life in this world, and Life Eternal through the forgiveness of our sins, removing them as far as east is from the west, through the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.

Study by Nancy Silcox

About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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