THE CHRISTIAN CONNECTION
“THANKS FOR GIVING”
BY MYRA F. SMITH
BIBLE VERSE: “But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:13-14)
So, what was it like at the original Thanksgiving? If you are a history buff, you may think I’m referring to the event at Plymouth Rock. However, there is a much earlier reference to a “Thanks for Giving” feast in the Bible. Jesus was visiting the home of a Pharisee, and speaking to Pharisees and lawyers about giving a party. He said to invite all the “fringe people” in town and leave their prominent friends off the list! Jesus had just noticed, with sadness, that each of the Pharisee’s guests had taken a place of honor at the table. No one had humbled himself and taken the cheap seats.
Jesus elaborated further. He said that a man once sent out his servant to invite his friends to a feast. But, the master’s friends rebuffed the servant. They had no time for him or his party! The master became angry and ordered the servant to invite strangers, proclaiming that none of his “so-called” friends will get a taste of his banquet.
There are many lessons to be learned from this story. Jesus invites everyone to His “Thanks for Giving” feast, but if you are too busy being self-important and self-indulgent, then you may miss the most important meal of your life.
Come to the feast. Come and be thankful. Grace is being served; compassion is passed around the table; forgiveness is flowing, and the “Bread of Life” is in abundance.