“. . . assuredly I say to you, unless you are converted and

become as little children, You will by no means

enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:3 (NKJV)




Thanksgiving season was and still is my favorite time of year.

      Have you ever wondered why Jesus told grown men and women they must become as little children? A little child is so filled with wonder. Their tender, innocent, moldable minds are so imaginative and so alive with excitement at the most mundane things. They see only beauty – not ugliness. They still have a sense of surprise. Everything is new — anything may happen. The commonest, most humdrum day is glorified by the glamour of imagination. For them life is one-fourth fact and three-fourths fantasy. All too soon as people grow up we begin to lose the wonder of it all. 

     Jesus was preparing to introduce to the world a new way of life – a new way of approaching God – a new way of presenting ourselves to the Ancient of Days. 

     We all have heard of or spoken of “the good old days”. Those were the days before the “wonder” was lost. Life is best when we are anticipating tomorrow or next week or next year. We have certainly lost something important when we look back at days gone by and allow ourselves to grow old just rocking away time in our rocking chair. 

     We have so much to look forward to. Let us look forward to Thanksgiving Day in intense anticipation of that Sweet Potato Casserole, Black Berry pie, Roasted Turkey, Mashed-potatoes and gravy, Black-eyed peas complete with all the trimmings for a delightful Thanksgiving celebration. 

     Even greater than this is the anticipation of that glorious day when the skies will burst with the rapture of His coming amidst legions of angels as Gabriel gives the last blast of that heavenly trumpet, when we all, both resurrected dead and those living being caught up to join in that Marvelous Reunion. Then we will be ushered into our eternal abodes and eternal rejoicing in the presence of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings!! 

     A child-like Christian does not lose the wonder. There ought to be in every child of God a sense of surprise, a glad expectancy. This is his Father’s world and anything can happen. We live on a miracle level and faith is not believing that God can, but that He will do wonderful things. We get used to being Christians; and take it for granted and lose the wonder. Once we stood amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene; now we want to sit and be amused. Once we were edified; now we want to be entertained. 

     A few years ago I knew of a man who went on a long train trip. He was so enthralled by the journey that every few moments the other passengers heard him exclaim, “Wonderful”! Finally a fellow traveler overcome by curiosity, asked him, “Why is it that while the rest of us are worn out with the monotonous trip, you are having the time of your life?” His reply was, “Until a few days ago I was a blind man. A great doctor has just given me my sight. That which is ordinary to you is out of this world to me!” 

     The Great Physician has opened our eyes – we have been to Siloam’s spiritual pool. Plus our Founding Fathers, with a gun in one hand and a Bible in the other, have given us a land in which we are free to worship the Great Physician. 

     We have more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day than any other nation on earth in history. How can we not be thankful even in times like these?    

     Just a thought from Parson Don across the Garden Gate.  



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