From the Pastor’s Study 

Have you ever thought of Thanksgiving as a subversive holiday? 

One of the features of the contemporary mind-set is the notion of individual autonomy. We get to decide what we want to do in life; we even decide who we are. There should be no constraint on the individual’s will. Your upbringing, your family; they don’t matter. Even the facts of your own biology can be discarded and rearranged. You should be your own self-made person. 

Thanksgiving subverts this mind-set; it points out the inconvenient truth that we are indebted to outside forces and persons who’ve contributed to who we are and what we have. Thanksgiving not only acknowledges this truth, but positively celebrates it. We are called to pull our gaze from within ourselves and to look around; and not only look around us, but to look up and give thanks.

As one translation of Psalm 100:3-4 has it, “Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.”

My prayer this holiday is that across our nation we will pause to give thanks; that each of us will extend thanks to those who’ve contributed to our lives, and give thanks to the One “from whom all blessings flow.”

– Pastor Ron Troup



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