This Sunday, Thanksgiving, we’ll hear a story about 10 lepers who were healed by Jesus, but only 1 went back to thank him. It’s a story that makes me uncomfortable as I recall the many blessings I’ve received, and the paltry number of times I’ve responded with a thank you note. Or even a quick email. So many of us are on the fly, and our best intentions of offering gratitude get lost in the hustle. Or, we’re in such a rush, or so in the dumps, that we neglect to even notice that there have been blessings offered. This is a weekend when much of the population of Canada gorges on belated gratitude, heaping all our thanksgivings into one 48 hour period. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, better late than never, but it does make me want to live in a posture of thanksgiving for more than just a weekend.
I also want to be aware of what it means to be thankful for creation. When only 1 in 10 of us are grateful for our Creator and our creation, we neglect to treat our world as the precious gift that it is. We take it for granted, and exploit the Body of God that is creation. In our lack of gratitude we pollute, and we warm up the environment. When only 1 in 10 are grateful, we have flooding and hurricanes and famines and a destruction wrought not by God, but by the lack of attentiveness that gratitude brings with it.
Let’s make this weekend a time of course correction, brought about by an awareness of the wonder of our creation, and of the belovedness of God’s people. And to the 1 in 10 who already exercises gratitude and is holding it all together with God – THANK YOU!