In my 14 years as a newspaper editor, I somehow ended up writing the Thanksgiving Day editorial at least 12 of those years. It usually was just a fluke of timing, but I often ended up being the editorial board member responsible for providing some inspiration on a nearly universally loved holiday.
I mean, who is actually against the concept of Thanksgiving?
After writing that editorial for a couple of years, I was all out of ideas. So I went desk by desk and asked people in our office what they were thankful for that year. Some years it was a blank canvass. Anything they wanted to share, I wrote it down and figured out how to string those thoughts together for the Thanksgiving Day paper. Some years, I based it on a theme, such as “family.”
One of our dedicated readers, Berniece Godfrey, one of the most generous people I’ve ever met, told me one year that she looked forward to that list of thankfulness and that it was “worth more than the Black Friday ads” in that day’s newspaper.
Fast forward to 2019. When it appeared we didn’t have many people signed up to submit daily devotions, I talked our staff into trying something similar. We posted one of those giant Post-it Note sticky pads on an easel and invited staff members and visitors to the conference office to write down things for which they were thankful. I was hoping we could fill a page or two.
We filled up five.
So, Monday through Friday next week, the daily devotion will share with you some of those things we jotted down and shared within our office. What we hope you’ll do is share a photo or a saying on social media that reflects those topics each day this next week, using the hashtag #GPUMCgivesthanks.
For today, this Christ the King Sunday, we give thanks for the gift of grace. While Jesus hung on the cross, dying for our sins, He gives forgiveness to a man hanging beside Him. And He makes that man a promise: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
What a tremendous gift! Eternal salvation is truly something for which we all can be thankful. Let’s not keep that news to ourselves. Can you make your own promise this week? Will you vow to share the promise provided by Jesus with someone else this week?
Jesus is Lord! Hallelujah!
Let’s be thankful that Jesus is on the throne. And please take part in our devotions these next few days, and share what you’re thankful for throughout the week on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.