Giving thanks for what matters most

With leaves changing from green to amber, pumpkins blooming, and early nightfall it’s easy to slip into meeting seasonal expectations. We send invitations, write our Thanksgiving grocery list, and decide on what tablecloth to use. In the midst of hosting our loved ones, we need to remember what matters most. We need to ask, “Lord, what do you want me to do?”

In Luke 10, God tells the story of Jesus visiting Martha and Mary’s home. Mary “sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teachings” (v.39). Martha grew “distracted with much serving” (v.40).  At one point, the stress of trying to meet everyone’s needs overwhelms Martha, and she asks Jesus to tell Mary to help her. Jesus says, that while Martha is “troubled by many things, Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (v.42). 

Jesus longs for Martha to rest at His feet, behold Him, and listen to His words. Jesus longs for us to treasure that which we cannot lose. 

What can no one take away from you? The grace of a relationship with God, the gift of hearing Jesus through His Word every day, the blessing of forgiveness from our sin, and the knowledge that God is with us and loves us.

May you continue to offer thanksgiving to God for all that he has done for you!


Written by Alexandria Ramoutar