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C.S. Lewis was a novelist, poet, academic, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. He is probably best known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, but he wrote numerous other works, including “The Problem of Pain” from where the quotes in this series were taken.
Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us. We “have all we want” is a terrible saying when “all” does not include God.
Thanksgiving has turned into a strange celebration for many. For some it’s the beginning of a buying frenzy. For others, it’s a time when their hearts turn to being thankful but they have no idea who they are thankful to. Just watch TV and you’ll see what I mean. Or don’t, because it isn’t worth watching much.
For example, last night on the The Voice they were showing tweets from “thankful” people. Then they sing “May the Circle Be Unbroken”. Now, this is a song, although not really theologically deep or anything, basically about seeing your loved ones again in heaven. They changed the word Lord to “oh” in the chorus. They took the Lord’s name out of the song. So, how, I wonder, will this circle be unbroken? They have no clue what they are singing about.
But, it’s all over the place – TV, Facebook, Twitter; people giving thanks to essentially an unknown god.
Back to those people crashing the doors on Black Friday, well, actually, even on Thanksgiving Day. They are the ones rushing out for the latest gadget, to get for someone for Christmas, when they have no idea who Christ is. Christmas has truly become, for the majority, a day to buy and GET. It is just all so sad to me sometimes.
Lord, help me to turn my thoughts toward You.