Thanksgiving table offers chance for peace

11/18/2008

A Stream Of Faith
By Charles E. Westbrook

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. “ — Psalm 23:5

Well, here we are at Thanksgiving again. Where has this year gone? You know, it seems like only yesterday that we celebrated Thanksgiving. Before you know it we'll be back in the holidays again. Then, we'll have to do it all over again.

We should be thankful for everything we had this year, and praise God for everything we have had this past year.

I asked God for something to write about and after searching for a message, he gave it to me. I know beyond a shadow of doubt that he spoke to me and gave me a message to write on. This message is about him and what he has given us and placed in our hands.

This passage shows us how to make peace with each other. It tells us that we need to help each other and make real peace with those with whom we may have conflict. We need to really think about those against whom we have a grudge we can't drop or we can't forgive. If we can't forgive people who have wronged us, how can we go to God for forgiveness? We need to learn how to forgive and to be able to be able to learn to be at the table with our enemies.

When he anoints our head with oil, I look at the many blessings that God has given us each day. What has God given you? We couldn't survive one day without his many blessings. Why can't we forgive others like Jesus Christ forgives us when we sin against him? He gives us so much, and I believe that the more we forgive, the more Jesus Christ will forgive us.

My cup overflows with so many blessings given by God. We can feel that Jesus Christ lives in our hearts and gives us so much more, but we give him so little. Why can't we help others everyday like we should? Let's have a time of forgiving to those who have wronged us or for seeking forgiveness for things we might have done. As you forgive or get forgiven, you may have a thankful table to sit at this year.

Invite Jesus Christ to spend Thanksgiving Day with you and your family this year. Ask him to take his place at the head of the table with you and your family. He did it for you.

Westbrook is a member of Pearl United Methodist Church and a regular contributor to the “Advocate.”