Faith for the Journey of Life

My Thoughts on Faith, Life, and 2,000+ Years of Catholicism / Christianity

23 November 2006

Thanksgiving to God!!

"Give thanks to the Lord, invoke his name;
make known among the peoples his deeds!
Sing praise, play music;
proclaim all his wondrous deeds!
Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord!
Rely on the mighty Lord;
constantly seek His face.
Recall the wondrous deeds he has done,
his signs and his words of judgment,
You descendants of Abraham his servant,
offspring of Jacob, the chosen one!
The Lord is our God
who rules the whole earth."
(Psalm 105:1-7)

As we celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday and reflect upon the state of the world today, it is very easy to become discouraged by the evils and misfortunes that are plaguing humanity.

The rogue states of Iran and North Korea are actively seeking weapons of mass destruction.

Israel lives under the constant threat of terrorists and renewed attacks launched by Hamas and Hezbollah and sponsored by Iran and Syria.

Americans are fighting and dying to establish peace and democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Scientists are daily pushing the envelope of God's patience by attempting to usurp His creative role through cloning.

Babies continue to be killed in the wombs of their mothers in the name of 'choice.'

The victims of natural disasters are struggling to recover and re-establish their lives and livelihoods.

I could go on and on and on but you get the picture.

Yet through this all we have much to be faithful and at the top of that list is Jesus Christ.

In Christ Jesus, we have God made man to save us from our sins. In Christ Jesus, we have a God who so loved us that He sent His only Son into the world to suffer and die for us that we may have eternal life with Him in Heaven and live in continual Thanksgiving with our Creator.

So when we despair of this world and its troubles, let us take comfort in the truths stated by St. Paul so eloquently, "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39)."

The Lord's blessings be upon you! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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