Being thankful is much more difficult than it sounds. It requires more than an inward feeling or outward word. To be right and good, this giving of thanks must be properly directed and properly motivated. Thankfulness is not a stand alone virtue. It is a seasoning that must be added to everything else. We can easily be thankful to the wrong person or thing. Giving thanks is good if the object toward which it is directed is good. Giving thanks is right is the object toward which it is directed is the true source of the blessing. We can also be thankful for the wrong things. Sprinkling thankfulness on a heart corrupted by selfishness or sinful desires will not make it a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
As we prepare to gather our families around the Thanksgiving table this year, may it not be forgotten that all true thanksgiving finds its source at another table, the Eucharist (which literally means thankfulness, gratitude, a giving of thanks). It is the Lord’s Table that provides us with the Object of our thanks and the right motivation behind it. To give thanks is to acknowledge the sufficiency and supremacy of Jesus Christ. To give thanks is to view everything in our lives through the redemptive, glorifying power of His broken bread and poured out wine. The Triune God has set Himself before us today. He has given Himself for our blessing. Anything less is empty thankfulness. The world can only give thanks to nothing and for nothing. For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever and ever. AMEN!