Gabriel's Horn, Pastor Tom, November, 2021

posted Oct 30, 2021, 12:43 PM by Lois Kerchner

Thankfulness not Forgotten

“Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them,13 and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God . . . Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ (Excerpts from Deuteronomy 8:1-17)

Moses was afraid the Israelites would forget.

Moses was afraid they would forget all that God had done for them during the Exodus and begin to think everything they have came by their own power, and their own might, and their own wit, and their own strength.

Moses was afraid the people would forget all God had done for them.

I think it makes sense, because we do forget. It can be so easy for us to forget that all we have and all we are is a gift to us from God. It is so easy to forget.

This is why it should be the tradition for families and individuals to say some form of prayer before we eat our meals. It is good to do this because it is so easy to forget. So easy to forget that everything we eat is given to us from God our merciful Father.

But we also receive so much more than just food. Everything we have, everything that has been done for us by Christ, is a gift.

This is why Luther’s evening and morning prayers cause us to remember as we begin our daily work and close out our day’s work, that it is all given to us by God’s grace. In their own different ways those prayers have us remember this:

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. (excerpt from Luther’s Morning Prayer, Small Catechism)

What is great about these prayers is that they remind us our entire days and nights rest in the hands of Christ. We definitely want to remember that, don’t we?

If not, we may forget like Deuteronomy forewarned and become arrogant and isolated and fail to rely upon Christ for all things.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, grant that we would always remember the great lengths you went to in your crucifixion to forgive our sins and that we may always remember your resurrection from the dead has become our resurrection from the dead in this world and in the world to come. Grant that we may receive, not just our daily bread with thanksgiving, but receive our entire life and salvation in thanksgiving to you.   Amen                                                               

                                                            Pastor Tom