President-Elect Joe Biden spoke to the nation today and offered some words of comfort and encouragement for the nation. “It’s really hard to care,” Biden said. “It’s hard to give thanks. It’s hard to even think of looking forward, and it’s so hard to hope. I understand. I’ll be thinking and praying for each and every one of you at this Thanksgiving.”
We need hope. Our nation needs it and the world in general is in short supply of this incredible resource. This year will be known as “the lost year” and one in which our resolve as Americans has been tested. Friends and neighbors have found themselves at odds with each other over politics and the pandemic–it’s been tough.
I’m approaching this Thanksgiving with a cautious sense of optimism though. Several vaccines are in the works and offer promising results. There will be a new administration entering office next year who needs our prayers and best wishes. Schools have struggled with fierce determination in our area to remain open and our leadership deserves our gratitude. Churches and their staff have done what they can to keep their people in contact with each other too. There remains work to be done, and we must remain vigilant in our mitigation efforts for several more months to come.
Our greatest hope is Jesus Christ–he is “the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13.8). This is one of my favorite verses of holy Scripture; a reminder that nothing affects the faithfulness and steadiness of our Savior.
I’m well aware that there are those who are dealing with death and loss this holiday season. While many people are celebrating, there are also those who are hurting and having difficulty finding a cause for thanksgiving. Let’s take a few moments to reach out and encourage those who are suffering. Let’s also take some time to count our blessings, primarily those of faith, family, and friends.
The pandemic will put many of us in different places and spaces for Thanksgiving. Regardless of our situation, may we be still before the Lord and trust for what is yet to come:
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High (Psalm 9.1-2).
Happy Thanksgiving all–