For most of us this Thanksgiving weekend will be full of food and family and friends. Gatherings will draw folks together and it will be a happy day.
For others, this day will be bitter sweet as they face a holiday without a beloved family member due to death or other tragic circumstances. Their hearts will be heavy, but by holding onto precious memories and each other, they’ll manage some wobbly smiles.
Then there are those who have no celebration at all. They have no family and friends surrounding them. They have no special meal. They have no hope.
For those folks, today may be a reminder of all they don’t have, of all they have lost, of how far they have fallen. They’ll be having depression for dinner with despondency for dessert.
Those are the people on my heart this morning and I wanted to remind you to glance away from the fullness joy you will experience today and consider those who have lost their way on the journey to joy.
I believe the following passage from the Bible is one of the most powerful in scriptures. Right before God speaks, His people are telling Him all that they’ve done right in life. He explains how to do life better.
“Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.”
Isaiah 58:7 NLT
I assure you that not far from your own feast their is a famines soul. Somebody’s son, someone’s sister, a mother, an uncle who needs a kind word, a hot meal, a hand up out of the mess they’ve stumbled into.
So, make an effort today or sometime this weekend. Step out of your comfort zone and reach out and make a difference. Inconvenience yourself for a stranger. Interrupt your reveling to notice those who are not so fortunate.
God is very clear what will happen when you do.
“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.”
Isaiah 58:10 NLT