“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2: 1-2
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving (which you know, of course). And it is easy for us to be thankful, most of us, most of the time, for family and friends. But do we ever think, in terms of hope and salvation, of those people who lead us, particularly if we disagree with them? Do we give thanks for living in a country where there is so much wealth and privilege while praying and acting in such a way that might bring change for those who have been left far behind, in this land of plenty? We want to be content and satisfied, particularly on Thanksgiving, but what of those are not satisfied, who are cold and hungry? And how do we dialogue and pray for those who we believe could do more to alleviate the suffering of the needy and marginalized (as could we all!) but do not seem interested in doing anything? Paul says, above, that our Lord God desires for all to be saved. The coming of Christ among us is proof positive that God’s aim is the salvation of His children. So, this Thanksgiving, as we share the joy of family and friends, be mindful that God looks down with favor, not only on us, but on all people. Remember in your prayers our elected leaders and give thanks for them, even in their imperfections. Pray that they might be led by the mind, spirit, and hope of God. WE all need to know God is for us and the responsibility that creates. Happy Thanksgiving!!