So as it turns out, one anniversary of thanksgiving meets another. I am not completely sure why the matching dates didn’t connect for us before. I guess since ‘thanksgiving’ is primarily a North American gig, we hadn’t made the connection. This year, however, that great summons of ‘thanksgiving’ to which all Americans are called to respond, grasped this Australian.
That summons reminded me of the best pre-marital advice I have ever received.
Fifteen years ago, a few weeks prior to our wedding day, a Christian widow who had befriended us, stopped me, and in her heavy Scottish accent said:
We have never forgotten her fellowship, her kindness, her friendship, or those words.
..”Sometime later, the Moravian founders added the best known and most enduring symbol of their order: a gold ring decorated in enamel and inscribed with the Greek words that translate “none of us lives for himself” (Anderson, ‘The Lord of the Ring’ 2004:32).
..’whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him’. (Colossians 3:17, ESV)