Perhaps the biggest lie of our age is that “we can do anything that we put our minds to.” It is the biggest lie because it is the very lie that has caused our downfall; it is the statement that is the epitome of our human hubris. The very first sin, the original sin of all people, was taking from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil so that we may be made wise as God. We set our minds on becoming like God, and that hubris caused our fall to a state lower than we ever imagined. Christ however was the instrument by which that desire was fulfilled. Not by our own action, but by his. By his death on the cross we have been set free from our bondage to corruption and we have obtained the freedom of the glory of the children of God. The great irony of the Christian message is that by surrendering all, we have gained all we could have ever asked or imagined. And for this especially, as we enter into periods of thanksgiving, do we remember. We can do nothing of ourselves, not make food (for who sends the rain) nor study the world (for who made our brains).
When we enter church we partake of the sacrament that most recalls the thanksgiving that we all must have, the Eucharist. The Eucharist (meaning thanks), or the Lord’s Supper, is the ultimate act of thanksgiving we do as Christians. In the Eucharist we recall that act which has made us inheritors of the Kingdom of God and ambassadors of Christ. When we eat of his body we remember his death on the cross, and when we drink his blood we remember that we have been given a new covenant, a new testament of the faithfulness of God. Ultimately thanks is remembering, it is recalling that what we have is not our own. So give thanks, and let us remember that all we have is not our own, it is the gift of God so that we might likewise bless this world with what we have.
Most gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew; we give you honest thanks and praise for the harvest, for the increase of the ground and for the gathering in of its fruits, and for all the other blessings of your merciful providence bestowed upon this nation and people. And, we ask you, give us a just sense of these great mercies; so we may be characterized in our lives by a humble, holy, and obedient walking before you all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all glory and honour, world without end. Amen.