Pastor’s Corner Pastor Bruce Zimmermann, pastor, Christ Lutheran Church Gladbrook, Iowa
November 15, 2013
The psalmist wrote “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1). This is something to be thankful for. There is actually nothing else in our life here on earth that lasts. But God’s love and mercy endure because Jesus his Son sacrificed his life to save us from sin and death and the devil. Out of love for sinners he did that. His love endures because he who died lives forever to make that certain. Why aren’t we truly thankful then? It’s probably because we are self-centered, thinking only of ourselves, forgetting all God’s goodness, or thinking we deserve it all. We may figure we don’t deserve all that trouble we’ve had, and that can make us unthankful. Then again we may just take it all for granted. Martin Luther once said: “if our heavenly Father were not so liberal in the distribution of his gifts we would be more thankful to him. If, for instance, he would let everyone be born with only one leg or foot and later on, in their seventh year, he would give them the other leg and in their fourteenth year would give them on hand and the other at age twenty, then we would appreciate God’s gifts and benefits more highly; and we would be more thankful if for a while we were deprived of them and had to do without them. But now God showers his gifts upon us all at once. Just now he has given us a whole ocean of his Word.” And the ‘ocean of his Word” is significant because there his promise of love and mercy and salvation in his Son Jesus Christ is the one thing that endures. That is something to think about and be thankful for.
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