From the Pastor's Desk..
Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. (John 6:10-11)
November marks the season of thanksgiving. King David composed the poem of thanksgiving; "The. Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." (Psalm 23:1), and St. Paul wrote "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
There was an aircraft that had to make an emergency landing due to engine problem. By God's help and the pilot's skillful crisis management, all passengers and crew members landed safely without harm or casualty. They all gave vocal thanks, aware of what could have been a very different outcome. But how much of that relief-tinged praise would we have heard had the plane traveled without any drama or suspense? Why don't we hear passengers break out into a spontaneous thanksgiving to God when planes land safely as scheduled without any problem, or for that matter, why do we forget to be thankful for the blessings of our daily routine and circumstances?
Our Lord taught us how to live a life of ceaseless thanks. (John 6:5-13) Five thousand people were fed with five loaves and two fish after Jesus had given thanks to God Almighty. Our complaints and dissatisfaction flow even in thankful conditions. First of all, Jesus had given thanks in advance before He fed the five thousand with five loaves and two fish. Christ knew that His prayer would be heard as He took the loaves as they were. It was Andrew who brought a boy with the loaves and fish to Jesus, and by bringing him made the miracle possible. No one ever knows what will come out of it when we bring someone to Jesus. Great things happen when we let our requests be known to the Lord in faith. Jesus tells us that we do our part first . and give thanks to God on the presupposition of divine works to be achieved. That is the reason why we should be thankful always.
Next, Jesus left the matter to God as to how the prayer would be answered. For example, when the Israelites had to cross the Red Sea, the LORD instructed Moses to lift up his staff and stretched out his hand over the s~a and divided it. (Exodus 14:16) Jesus knew and believed the power of Heavenly Father who could do for His Son through prayer and thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is the season that reminds us of our thankful life imperative in the presence of our living God Emmanuel. Let our lives be filled with His grace everyday as we walk with God and give thanks to the Lord each moment because little is always much in the hands of Christ.
In Christ's love,
Pastor Dai Hoon