Perhaps the greatest single failure in the Christian life is the refusal to give thanks. Thanks that is dependent upon success or the fulfillment and pleasure of our own will is indeed thanksgiving – but is weak indeed. It is easy to give thanks for our pleasures and self-satisfactions (though even then we often forget to give thanks).

Fr. Stephen Freeman (source)

You could say that thanksgiving to God in every circumstance is the mark of a Christian; it is our daily activity, the source of our joy, the fountain from which our hearts beat and our days become something more than rote and given. They become life and joy and full.

It is absurd and appears to be the height of foolishness to give thanks for the cancer, for the persecution, for the abuse, for the sufferings of all sort. It appears wrong, as those tyrannies have fled far from the will of God. Those horrors that afflict us (and we inflict on others) are blackness.

Yet we may give thanks. In spite of the darkness, in spite of our misery, as an act of faith and opposition to our Enemy.

As an act of faith in our God, who is Good, who is Love, whose ways are so far beyond that they are darkness to us, whose light is beyond light so that we cannot perceive, whose Love is beyond our fickle and stuttering affection.

Let us give thanks to the Lord.thanksgiving image

One comment on “Eucharisto

  1. The suffering we face in life gives us unique perspectives on things and an ability to aid others who face such things later on in the life. In 2nd Grade both my grandmother and a classmate (who I had a major crush on) died. Were these “good” things? Well, yes and no – yes in that they both died in the faith and were delivered from this vale of tears, and no in, well, death is just wrong.

    But that was a blessing to me, a painful, that I did give thanks for. I gave thanks for it when another classmate of mine died in high school – and I had friends who hadn’t had anyone they knew die before. I was able to comfort and give counsel – and I was then thankful for the experiences I had, including loving parents, a loving Lutheran school teacher, and a loving pastor who taught me things I didn’t even realize they were teaching me then.

    If we see the cross in this life, let us give thanks for being focused upon the Cross of Christ, which gives us all hope and endurance.

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