Thanksgiving Sermon for 2014
1) Lk. 16:20-21 – READ
2) The word “beggar” tells us this man was poor.
3) When we look at Lazarus in Lk. 16, what did he have in the form of transportation?
4) The word “laid” indicates this man had virtually zero mobility.
5) Lazarus also lacked when it came to health care.
i) Lazarus was cared for by dogs (Lk. 16:21).
ii) Imagine having multiple open sores (wounds) and dogs lick them.
6) In addition to commenting on Lazarus’ lack of transportation and health care, Jesus spoke about food.
i) This man wanted “crumbs” from the table of the rich man (Lk. 16:21).
ii) This man longed for table scraps like we might offer to a dog.
THE “SMITH” FAMILY.
1) Mr. and Mrs. Smith each have an automobile, but their vehicles are far from new.
2) Both Mr. and Mrs. Smith are thinking this year will be another slim Christmas.
3) Old cars, poor gas mileage, low wages, sparse Christmas plans, new medical issues – things look pretty bleak.
4) The Smith family is not really looking for to Thanksgiving; what do they have to be thankful for?
5) By in large America is a country where people are often ungrateful.
6) Even if we can focus on being grateful for, there may be still some dissatisfaction for what we do not have.
7) Perhaps it is time to look at thankfulness in a new way.
8) Perhaps many would benefit by considering things they are allowed to avoid (not experience).
LOOKING AT LIFE IN A ENW WAY.
1) Could the Smith family be:
i) Thankful their children had medical issues that could be addressed and solved?
ii) Grateful they had transportation, a place to call home, and food on the table?
iii) Thankful they had jobs, they qualified for a loan, and they had an Obama Phone?
iv) Their family was safe, intact, and together?
b) If we break a leg, thank God our problem is not a more serious medical issue.
i) If our medical copay goes from $5 to 50, thank God is not $500 and we can afford the increase.
ii) If our child gets sick for a day or a week, thank God it is not a lifelong problem.
2) Our thankfulness can also include where we live.
3) We should be thankful we live in this country rather than some other places in the world.
i) Imagine living in a country where fresh water is not readily available.
ii) Imagine living in a country where people have almost no access to courts and justice.
4) In many ways EVERY DAY in America should be Thanksgiving Day.
5) We can come up with hundreds of not thousands of things which we are allowed to avoid in life.
6) If all we had to be thankful for were bad things we are allowed to avoid, we would be greatly blessed.
7) Our time and country allows us to avoid many bad things PLUS enjoy many good things.
8) Are we TRULY thankful?