November 25, 2010 § 1 Comment
Matthew 24:36-44 may seem like an odd text for Thanksgiving Day. But it really takes us to the heart of the Christian posture of thanksgiving. It is only when we give up our tendency to want to control the future, and fully rely on God to bring about God’s future among us, that our lives can move beyond anxiety and concern to thanksgiving for the gifts that we are about to receive from God. This is not only a thanksgiving for what we have already received in the past, but a thanksgiving of trust that God will continue to surprise us with blessings in the future. This coming Sunday is also the beginning of the new church year with the start of the Advent season. Advent is a season of anticipation during which we learn to wait on God to show up from God’s future. It is a season of hope that is fully rooted in God’s faithfulness to control the future.