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When Words are Not Enough

None of us deserves it, yet God continues to pour out His blessings on us. We've set aside one day a year to express our thanks to Him and to appreciate the abundance we know in Canada. While Thanksgiving has been celebrated in our country for several hundred years in some form or other, it was not until 1957 that Parliament declared the second Monday of October to be: "A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed. … " Genuine thanksgiving, Larry Cornies reminds us, comes from a place so deep in our soul and psyche that it humbles us and gives us pause regardless of our immediate circumstances.

Our country has changed since the days when Parliament boldly acknowledged God and His provision in our lives. In today's secularized society Christians face challenging issues. For example, an Ontario court is dealing with a case where three people, who, due to assisted human reproduction and the legalization of same-sex marriage, want to be declared a child's legal parents. These issues may "[raise] the startling prospect of fundamentally breaking the legal institution of marriage from any ties to biological parenthood," says National Post's columnist Barbara Kay. At the same time parents in B.C. are concerned because of a restriction on their rights to withdraw their children from required pro-gay courses in public schools and educate them on these topics in other ways, such as through homeschooling.

While social issues challenge our faith, Scripture can challenge our modern mind. What kind of God would command a father to kill his own son? One who through the binding of Isaac introduces a symbol of life, not death, to the world and in it provides a foundation for the world's three major religions, says Rev. Thomas Rosica.

This weekend as you remember God's blessings in your life, take time to listen. According to Abbotsford, B.C.'s author and pastor Brad Jersak, you can "tune in to the God who speaks." Jersak's tremendously successful book titled Can You Hear Me? has been picked up overseas by Korea and Germany.

Even though words may not be enough, we invite you to pause and thank the One who brought God's kingdom to us. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!


Daina Doucet
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