Originally scheduled for September 1
It is a
curious point. In meditating aloud on communion, it frequently
occurs to us to praise God for the great things he has done. This is
fitting and proper. But at the same time we sometimes forget to give
thanks for these great things. We feel as if giving praise is the
same thing as giving thanks, which it is not. If it is fitting and
proper to praise God, it is fitting and proper to give thanks to
ask, what should we be thankful for? Here are a few things for which
our thanks are fitting and proper:
atonement. It is the central fact of Christianity that Christ
sacrificed himself on the Cross to atone for our sins. It is worthy
of praise; it deserves thanks.
might also add thanks for including us. After all, the Old Testament
makes it clear that God was dealing entirely with the Jews and
nobody else. He could have limited salvation to the Jews. Of his
love, he did not. We are on the team.
could’ve left us alone after the atonement with a remark like, “I’ll
be back.” He didn’t; he left us the Holy Spirit to be our indwelling
guide and comforter. Without the Cross this would not have happened.
Communion is also a point of remembrance that he promised to return
again, bringing all Christians of all times with him. There is much
debate as to what this means, but we know that it means joy to all
who are saved. We know how the mystery turns out; the church wins.
might want to carry this thought through the week. It is a fitting
point for any set of prayers to include being thankful for these
your sins are forgiven.
are not alone, but are part of the fellowship of the church,
Christ’s body here on earth. Christianity is not a solo flight.
day gets ever sooner when he shall return to judge the living and
intended communion to be a memorial; “this do in remembrance of me.”
In your remembrance, do not forget your thanksgiving.