WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?
We Americans ask that question every November, on our national Day of Thanksgiving.
The answers are familiar: our family and friends, our church, our nation and its blessings. Even in the midst of this year’s chaos, most of us are still holding on to those things with gratitude.
The Lutheran calendar of Festivals and Commemorations reminds us the Christian heroes to whom we owe so much. In the days just before Thanksgiving, we recall:
- Miguel Agustin Pro, a priest who served undercover and died for his faith;
- Justus Falckner, the first Lutheran to be ordained in America; and
- Isaac Watts, whose 600 hymns include “Joy to the World” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”
This will be a Thanksgiving Day like none other, in a time of crisis. But we still have much for which to give God our thanks, including the many saints who have led us by their faith.