Thanksgiving holiday 1 day with 2 possible outlooks

Voices of Religion

Posted: Friday, November 21, 2003

Abraham Lincoln's ambassador to Great Britain was Charles Francis Adams.

One can only imagine the great and important concerns of the man who represented our country overseas during the days of the Civil War: the decisions to be made, the reports to be given, the meetings with those of influence and power.

His schedule was no doubt a whirlwind of bustle and getting things done. Yet there finally came a day with nothing on the calendar.

He took his young son, Brook, fishing. Nothing spectacular was done or said. No empire hung in the balance. He kept a diary and at the end of the day simply wrote: "Went fishing with my son: a day wasted."

Young Brook did not see it the same. It was one of the most influential days he ever experienced and for the rest of his life he would refer back to that day over and over. His diary entry for the day? "Went fishing with my father; the most glorious day of my life."

One day, two views!

The older Adams did not know it, but he was shaping the empire that mattered most to his life.

He was making important decisions. His words did carry power. And life was never the same again.

One day, two views.

How easy it is to write off a day and call it wasted. How easy it is to overlook the little things and not realize their cosmic importance. How easy it is to forget the very people without whom an entire empire would bring no joy.

How godly it is to remember. How godly it is to give thanks.

Thanksgiving: one day, two views.

To some, perhaps, Thanksgiving is merely a day with little on the calendar a good day to be off work, a good day to eat. It is certainly not a day that produces much in the great scheme of things: "Slept late, ate some turkey a day wasted."

But to others, Thanksgiving is the most godly of days, a day of cosmic importance, a day that shapes lives. It is a day to be with the people who matter the most in life, the people who fill life with joy and importance.

It is a day to remember the little things that bring delight. It is a day of giving thanks for and to all those who join us at the table and especially the one guest who made it all possible by making it all, period.

"Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it. We may receive it gladly, with thankful hearts." 1 Timothy 4:4.

May God bless your giving of thanks. May your diary, at the end of the day, read, "Slept late, ate some turkey. The most glorious day of my life."

Rick Cupp is a minister at the Kenai Fellowship Church, Mile 8.5 Kenai Spur Highway. On Sunday, Bible classes for all ages are at 10 a.m., coffee and fellowship is at 10:45 a.m., and worship is at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday worship and Bible classes for all ages are at 7 p.m. For more information, call 283-7682.

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