When my family sits down to watch wildlife shows on television, my daughter has the same reaction every time an animal is killed or eaten by another. She turns her face towards my chest and closes her eyes. She wraps her arms around me and wants me to hold her and not let go. I know that someday she will need to outgrow this, but for now I enjoy it. I enjoy that she still has a reason to snuggle with me. That's a closeness I think all of us mothers enjoy. Children know, that when their mother has been their source of nutrition from the time of birth, even through teaching them to eat solid foods, how to cook, and then to shop for their own food, they have developed a relationship of trust with us. Trust and love. We love them and that's why we raise them this way. Even when they grow up, they will most likely do as I do and that is call home to mom when I need help with one of her recipes. In times of trouble or simply for assistance in every day living, we go to our mothers. This reminds me of how we are to be with our Heavenly Father.
When we go through trials in life, see evil for what it is, it's then that we turn our faces and eyes towards our Lord for protection and comforting. Even when life isn't so challenging we go to Him for wisdom or guidance in our lives. Do we only turn to him when we need his help or do we also go to him when everything is dandy and we simply want to love him? How often do you invite your mother over for dinner, when you don't need anything in return? Dinners where you invented the recipe and don't need her assistance? A dinner where she is the guest of honor and everyone coming is there to praise her?
Proverbs 31:28, "Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her."
Jesus is everything to us, and he likes it when we go to him when evil seems to overwhelm us. He loves those tender moments and he is always willing to receive us when we need him. But do we need an excuse or trial in order to come to his presence and love on him? If that's the only time we come to him, perhaps he will continue to allow things to take place in our lives so we do come to him. Shall our mothers only get a call from us when we need help with a recipe or advice for our marriages? A loving mother will always receive your call when you need her, that's a mother's love. Our Father will also 'take our call' when we need him, but there may come a time when the heart of a mother will just want you to call and say, "Mom, I love you. How are YOU today? Can I do anything to help YOU today? Thank you for the time you....." Maybe all your mom needs is for you to drive over there and give her a big hug and tell her how much you love her.
Maybe all God is hoping from you today is to look upward and tell him how much you love him and how thankful you are for his mercy and grace.
He is there for us when evil is so awful that we need to look to him and not allow our eyes to behold the atrocities in the world today. He is there for us when our hearts break, when we get an owie and we need him to kiss it and make it better. But so much more sweet is the time that we simply enter his presence with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.
Psalm 100:4, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name."
Thanksgiving is a time when most Americans gather together to enjoy the family coming back home, to be thankful for the founding fathers of this nation, and to enjoy a well prepared meal by all the mothers. (And yes some dads join that fun too) Many Americans will take time to be thankful to our Lord God for allowing us to come to this nation, to live in freedom to worship him without government intervening. But lets make this year's gathering mean something more.
Just as our Lord had His last supper with the disciples doesn't mean it was the last supper they ever ate. It was just the last time they would dine with the Savior while He lived in flesh. He told us that as often as we gather we should do so to remember him. Many fellowships practice a tradition that they call the Lord's Supper, or Communion. But that supper, in the upper room, was so much more than just unleavened bread and wine. It was their Passover Feast. Yes, it was a feast! The feast originated in the Old Testament and it was intended for them to remember that their Messiah was coming. They met together to rejoice that our Father was going to send His Son to be with us one day and bring salvation to the world. Now that Jesus has come and gone from the flesh, he still asks that we remember him. I don't believe he ever intended us to cease from feasting in remembrance of him. I also don't think he ever intended us to limit our feast to just unleavened bread and wine.
Meeting together as a family and fellowship of Believers is so much more than just the few minutes it takes to sit in silence in an organized fashion and just allow the wafer to dissolve on our tongue and wash it down with a shot glass of grape juice, then be on our way.
A feast is a celebration, so lets celebrate Christ our Lord this week as we gather with family and friends. Thanksgiving is what your family makes of it. Whether you want to focus on the pilgrims and Indians, the founding fathers of this nation, or just to be with family, we certainly can give credit where credit is due, to Christ our Lord. Commune with Him!
Sisterlisa is a homeschooling mom of four children and married to an evangelist who travels to bring the gospel to those in need of our Savior and who works with Rescue Ministries. She is the owner of Growing in Grace Magazine and AGMinistries.