November is a unique month in the United States. As Americans we elect a president and other civil leaders. Twenty-three days after Election Day we then pause for a national day of thanksgiving that was declared by a president in a time of extreme crisis. I was struck how all this ties together.
I was speaking to a friend recently who described his experience of 2020 as “Groundhog Day”; saying it feels like a daily repetition “of a world turned upside down.”
His words got me thinking that, as Christians, we are called to embrace a world that once was turned upside down by sin that is now restored to its proper order through the cross of Christ. This is why Jesus states unequivocally that His followers must embrace the cross and extend its victory to all the world.
To accomplish this, I believe we ought to return to the night before Our Lord embraced His cross (and ours). On that night, He prayed that we would be one (unified) with him and one another as he was united with his Father and the Holy Spirit. His prayer is that we, who would be His followers, would be instruments of unity.
Psalm 133 sings: “How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!” Having declared unity’s power to soothe and refresh, this short song of David ends with the assurance: “And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.”
Unity and blessing.
As we approach our national holiday of Thanksgiving during these ‘upside down days’, perhaps the greatest thanks we can extend to our Creator for our blessings would be our words of healing, reconciliation and communion with one another.