Dear Friends in Christ,
We enter into the time of Thanksgiving with fear on our hearts, with concerns about our future both near and far away.
Twenty-four hours a day, the media has been filled with images of horror. We hear stories of unspeakable terror. We hear about victims who are too young to be singled out for death, of the elderly and of the innocent. It makes it hard to focus on Thanksgiving when our hearts and minds are being pulled away by the events perpetrated by people bent on destroying and killing.
The Old Testament lesson for tomorrow, from Joel 2, reminds us of God. A God who loves and cares for his people.
Do not fear, O soil;
be glad and rejoice,
for the Lord has done great things!
Do not fear, you animals of the field,
for the pastures of the wilderness are green;
the tree bears its fruit,
the fig tree and vine give their full yield.
O children of Zion, be glad
and rejoice in the Lord your God;
for he has given the early rain for your vindication,
he has poured down for you abundant rain,
the early and the later rain, as before.
The threshing floors shall be full of grain,
the vats shall overflow with wine and oil…
Twice Joel tells us to “Fear not.” He then goes on to remind us that there will be an abundance; that the rains will come; and that the threshing floor will be full and the vats overflowing with wine. Joel reminds us that God is bigger than any event. God is bigger than any series of events.
It is from God that we receive our abundance. The abundance that gives us life and joy.