Thursday: Psalm 146-147; Micah 6.1-16; Ephesians 5.22-33

From: Kendall Vanderslice

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp.
God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds, the Lord sustains the humble.

Today is the day our nation gathers together to feast and to give thanks. On this Thanksgiving I’m afraid my gratitude is sung reluctantly, in the somber tones of a minor chord. Most days, I reflect on the ability of the table to create unity among great diversity. But today, many of our tables threaten to splinter under the weight of division. 

The juxtaposition of Psalm 147 alongside Micah 6 serves to remind us that while we feast, while we give thanks, while we celebrate abundance in joy, we do so in the knowledge of what else is required of us: a commitment to the pursuit of justice. God has shown you what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Let us sing to the Lord with thanksgiving today, let us feast and make music. And in humility, let us pray that our tables spur us on in the pursuit of justice, in the love of mercy, in our precious walk with God. Let us pray that our tables become the space of healing and reconciliation. 

I start conversations at and about the table. At the table: http://www.simpleumc.org. About the table: http://www.avandersliceofthesweetlife.com.