“God’s Thanksgiving Day”
When God spoke the universe into existence, God admired all Creation, and said – “It is good!” God said. He loved the vast expanse of the universe, the glittering and colorful stars and planets, and then “our island home,” our planet Earth. And then, inspired, God created our primeval parents and again God said, “It is good.” (Genesis 1:4) “I love it!” (John 3:16). And the last day of creation was God’s very own Thanksgiving Day.
When the universe was created it came into being as a revelation of God’s own character, glory, craftmanship and yes, God’s love and goodness. “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork,” (Psalm 19:1).
And even now, when we look up to a starry night, a stunning sunset, the beauty of flowers and fields and of valleys and streams, or whenever we have the chance to appreciate the majestic splendor of snow-capped mountains and wind-sculpted rocks, we make ours David’s admiration for God’s goodness. And with David, we wonder, — “When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” (Psalm 8:3-4).
And even as time after time, we managed to spoil Creation and making messes out of ourselves, betraying God’s trust, yet God sent Jesus to instill in us “the hope of salvation,” and to “open for us the way of freedom and peace.”
And for that, more than ever, we should be grateful – For God, for Creation, for humankind and for ourselves, for we too were created in God’s image – “Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good; God’s love endures forever,” (Psalm 107:1).