Today’s Reading: John 18:7 (NIV)
7 Again He asked them, “Who is it you want?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Today, America celebrates its Thanksgiving holiday. Parade goers will line the streets of many cities across the nation, embracing this season of light and hope. Yet, there are many who live on the streets of our cities; they have no warm place to sleep, no Thanksgiving meal to eat, and no real place to call home. Where will they find light and hope on a day like today?
Families and friends will gather together around tables full of festive holiday fare. Baked turkey and dressing, ham and potatoes, fresh vegetables and warm baked bread, fresh from the oven, will be the centerpiece of today’s celebration. The aroma of warm pumpkin, pecan and apple pies will fill the air with the sweet fragrance of hearth and home. Not far from America’s shores, there are many who are dying in the streets. Little children are starving, with no real hope for tomorrow. Many people live from day to day in great need. In this season of plenty and of want, what could you personally offer that would make a lasting difference in the life of another?
All of us are looking for someone to fix the catastrophic problems of our world. We long to stabilize an out-of-control economy, restore financial security to the world markets; to stop the wars that plague our nations and destroy human life. We want to feed all of the children, shelter our homeless, and restore human dignity to our elderly and orphans. We are looking for the answer, the hope of our world. Would we recognize Him, even if He were standing right there in front of us?
The Romans were looking for Jesus of Nazareth. There He was, and yet, they could not see Him for who He is. Isn’t it ironic, that the One they were seeking then is the same One we seek today? The answer is right in front of our very eyes, and we cannot see Him for who He truly is.
Who are you looking for on this Thanksgiving holiday? I pray that we will find the hope of our world today.
Grace and peace,
Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO
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