Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, because his faithful love endures forever (1 Chronicles 16:34, Common English Bible).
This is part 2 in the November Thanksgiving series, “Pass the…” for a listing on the other posts please see the index.
Many are the times, when we go to a meal in the homes of a lot of folks, there is something there to snack on for those of us who are early arrivals. It may not be considered part of the “real meal.” It may not even be considered an hors d’oeuvre. It is just a little something to snack on while we wait for everyone else to arrive and the real meal to begin.
I am one who is habitually early for everything. I hate to be late for anything. If you were to ask Wayne or Christopher when they were growing up, it is just one of many things that drove me “nuts.” At work, I may have gotten in trouble for a variety of things, being late was almost never one of them.
Since I am almost always early I know it is not at all uncommon for some people to have out little snacks such as chips and dips, a veggie tray or a dish of mixed nuts. Perhaps we have learned a little something from the Mexican food industry with their chips and salsa, if you keep people eating they are less likely to complain. And, no, if I came (early) to your house and you didn’t have something like that, I would not complain.
If you are one of those people who is opposite from me, you may have no idea that people do these kinds of things. After all, by the time you get there I have probably already eaten all the nuts. Well, I did have some help from others who arrived early.
But the thing is, whenever we gather with family and friends, nuts are not something in short supply, even when they aren’t on the menu. I used to have a friend (now deceased) who would say, “Sure I’m crazy. But I have more fun than normal people.” You could easily substitute the words “I’m a nut” for “I’m crazy.” He would never have argued.
One of the things I always look forward to when I have the opportunity to gather with family and friends is having the nuts of the group join in. No, I am not talking about people who are certifiable. All of us may have a few of those hanging around. But, I am talking about those kind of people who are always ready with a story or a joke. I am talking about those who can grab my attention by tickling my funny-bone and getting me to laugh. I love to laugh. I think God wants us to laugh. Joy exudes from us when we laugh and God wants us to be, calls us to be people of joy. Our lesson also reminds us to give thanks for God’s goodness. Laughter, at least to me, is a sign of God’s goodness. That translates to, the “nuts” in our lives are signs of God’s goodness. In our laughter I believe we also see God’s faithfulness.
So, would you please pass the nuts. The nuts at the table remind me of the other nuts at the table. I might be a consumer of the first (I do enjoy eating from a nice dish of mixed nuts) but I enjoy the others even more. They remind me of the joy that goes with having a thankful heart.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Grace and Peace,
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