The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Pastor Ron Nitz
Resurrection Lutheran Church 

Some thoughts on Thanksgiving

 


For some reason, “narcissism” has come up a lot lately. What this suggests is that the “me generation” has come of age in a number of different forms, that can be labeled “narcissism” or “narcissistic” (i.e. totally focused on one’s self and one’s own needs). As I write, we are on the brink of celebrating Thanksgiving once again. Does a narcissist celebrate Thanksgiving? Is it even possible? Wouldn’t they say to themselves, “Why should I give thanks? Things aren’t so great for me right now. What have I got to be thankful for?” Or, they might think: “Things are really going great for me now! I suppose I ought to give thanks for that, but to tell the truth, I have no one but myself to thank for all the things I’ve accomplished!”

What’s the antidote for being self-centered at Thanksgiving? PAY ATTENTION TO SOMETHING BESIDES YOURSELF! All around us this year are survivors of disasters in the Philippines, in the central U.S., and elsewhere. Every report on these disasters seems to include interviews with people who are so thankful, just to be alive, and to have family members who also survived. They don’t have time to be self-centered; they’re just enjoying being alive! They have no trouble giving thanks to God, because they know that without God’s help, they might not be around to give thanks! Thanksgiving is a great time to reset our thinking of what’s important in life. If you think you have nothing to thank God for, you’re not paying attention!

 

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