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Thankful Thursday

April 16, 2020

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

This week at Grace Lutheran School, we’ve been celebrating our annual A Graceful Evening celebration and fundraiser. It’s a bit different this year. Instead of spending a wonderful evening together with several hundred people, we’re spending the week together online. The purpose, however, is the same. This year it comes with a twist, as we are intentionally raising funds to support Grace families during this time so that, whatever other uncertainty they may be facing, a Grace education will remain within everyone’s reach.

Each day this week has a focus. Today is Thankful Thursday.

Today (Day 32 of sheltering in place in our home), it may be more difficult to find things for which to be thankful. And yet, God calls us to give thanks in all times and places. There is always something for which to be thankful.

To be clear, this does not mean we should not lament the pain and suffering in our world. Lament and praise go hand in hand, both rising up in our prayers to the God who listens. I also readily acknowledge that my family has not yet suffered illness or economic distress due to the pandemic. I write from a place of privilege. Finally, this is not an exercise of simply looking on the bright side. Rather, it is a confession of faith.

As we celebrate during this season of Easter,  we know that Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead. You who have been baptized into his death and resurrection have received life both abundant and eternal. Pandemics don’t change this reality. Nothing changes this reality. Our lives have been marked with the cross of Christ with indelible baptismal water.

So, here’s a COVID-19 edition of my “Thankfuls,” a list usually reserved for Thanksgiving Eve, in honor of my kids, who share their thankfuls with their mom and me during prayers each evening:

  • Torsten, whose hair is risen. It is risen indeed!
  • The teachers of Grace Lutheran School, who have reinvented education on the fly
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • Doctors, nurses, and all medical personnel
  • Zoom
  • Enough space in our home to (barely) stay out of each other’s way
  • Frozen pizza
  • The staff and lay leadership of Grace Lutheran Church
  • Delivery pizza
  • Family
  • Homemade pizza
  • Anders, who inhaled the Harry Potter books. What’s next? That’s Narnia business!
  • Really, any kind of pizza
  • Delivery drivers
  • Wearing shorts to work
  • Pastor Costello, my partner in worship, and all those who help us livestream
  • Blogging
  • LEGO
  • Friday night happy hours
  • Every member of Grace, every student at Grace
  • Sunshine
  • Greta, my cribbage buddy
  • Local businesses
  • My Star Wars mask, homemade by a member of Grace
  • The Gospel of John, which centered us in Lent, Holy Week, and Easter
  • Postal workers
  • Dr. Fauci
  • The Overstory
  • 7:00 singalongs on 1100 Wenonah Ave.
  • Laughter
  • Erika, the Headmistress and Superintendent of Lyle Homeschool Academy
  • Jesus. Always Jesus, in whom there is life. No matter what

I could go on. But instead, here’s another picture of Torsten’s hair, mugshot style:


What are you thankful for today? I pray that you have much for which to give thanks to God. You have everything you truly need in Christ Jesus our Lord. Together, we’ll get through this time.

Enjoy the rest of A Graceful Evening!

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of abundance, even in times of anxiety and fear you bless us by meeting our deepest needs. You have saved us from sin, death, and the devil. Help us to live out of blessing, not scarcity, sharing what we have and working together. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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One Comment
  1. John Lattyak permalink

    Pastor Dave, we are thankful for keeping us grounded in our faith with your daily Grace upon Grace postings.☮️❤️

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