On Thursday of this week, many in America will take time to celebrate Thanksgiving. While the "fixin's" of Thanksgiving (family/fellowship, food, and football) are good and to be enjoyed, the "main dish" is always gratitude - acknowledging the blessings we've been given and for which we should express thanks.
And it's important to remember the ultimate Giver is God, the one to whom, ultimately, we should direct our thanks. In this sense, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to practice theology as we remember who God is and the things God has done for which we are thankful, and as we express our gratitude to God. (Check out Psalm 136:1-26; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; James 1:17)
To help us reflect on how Thanksgiving and theology can go together (like mashed potatoes and gravy!), I've included a few brief quotes from David Pao's book, Thanksgiving: An Investigation of a Pauline Theme. The following quotes are all from his first chapter, importantly titled "Thanksgiving as God-centeredness."
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