Before everyone departs for Thanksgiving, I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! As we gather around our tables, let us all remember that our meals reflect the thanksgiving of our faith. When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we celebrate the Eucharist, which means thanksgiving. It is a term that our Eastern Orthodox use when they reference the Lord’s Supper or Communion. In the Eucharist, they give thanks for the gift of God in our lives.
I am mindful that during Thanksgiving and other holidays there are a jumble of emotions, some good and some bad. While we gather together with family, we are also reminded of those who are no longer with us. Perhaps the past year between Thanksgivings have been joyful, perhaps it has been a challenge and painful. Yet even in our joys and sorrows, the gift of God in our lives remains. This is the essence of our Eucharist, and the essence of Christian thanksgiving.
While Thanksgiving is a national holiday, it is also an opportunity to gather around a table, like Christ did with his disciples, and give thanks for the gift of God in our lives.