Thanksgiving—A Time to Reflect Amid the Chaos

11/25/20 at 06:00 AM | Published Under Charis Staff

As Christians, most of us take time to reflect and give thanks to God for all His wonderful blessings. 

Even with all the chaos that’s happening in our world today, we have so many things to be thankful for. We give thanks for Jesus, for our home in heaven, for God’s provision, His guidance—and the list goes on and on. We also know that Thanksgiving is not just one day out of the year. It’s something we can and should do every single day.

The word reflect is both a transitive and intransitive verb. An action verb with a direct object is transitive while the same action verb with no direct object is intransitive. As I used it in the first sentence of this blog, it means to think quietly and calmly.

But this Thanksgiving and every day, I want to reflect in the transitive sense: to give back or exhibit as an image, likeness, or outline; to mirror; to make manifest or apparent; to show. 

Think of the moon as an example. To us, it looks as though it is emitting light in the darkness, but we know it’s actually just reflecting the light of the sun. 

For all of us, 2020 has been a year of many challenges and trials—COVID-19, riots, racial turbulence, threats of defunding the police, propaganda from the mainstream media—this list also goes on and on. 

But in all of this, we have the unconditional, extravagant love of our heavenly Father, and we have been redeemed by our beloved Savior, His Son. We were created in His image and are destined to be transformed into the same image from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:18). 

This Thanksgiving and always, let’s be just like the moon—a shining light in the darkness, reflecting (mirroring and making manifest and apparent) the Son to everyone who desperately needs to know they are unconditionally and extravagantly loved.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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