Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8

Thanksgiving Day is one of several holidays celebrated in both America and Canada. Thoughts of family and friends gathered around food-laden tables come to mind. Usually the noise level is loud and conversation varied, but above it all you will likely hear the polite and frequent request, “Please pass the. . .” Sometimes it is the mashed potatoes, or maybe the gravy, though often it is the roast turkey. It doesn’t get much better than this, we may think to ourselves. 

When we gather around the Word of God with fellow believers, we are sitting down to a special meal with God himself. We taste the goodness of God’s Word (Hebrews 6:5). We feast on what God shares with us from his Holy Bible. His Word nourishes and refreshes us. We come away spiritually well fed, content, once again, in the assurance that our sins are forgiven through Christ, and heaven is ours. It really doesn’t get any better than this short of heaven itself. We are truly thankful!

The world is loudly shouting, “Please pass what you have to me,” through their actions. Many show hopelessness and despair. Some people run to other gods like money, drugs, and false prophets while searching for a sense of order and meaning to life. They are trying to feed their souls’ craving for a peace of some sort. 

As believers in Jesus Christ, we have the Bread of Life and the Living Water. We can offer the world the ultimate taste test. “Taste and see that the LORD is good. . .” (Psalm 34:8). We’ve tasted, and we know the Lord is good!

As you celebrate Thanksgiving or any family meal, thank the Lord for all he has done for you. As believers in Christ Jesus, may his love compel you to “please pass” the gospel message.

Lord, enable me through the power of the Holy Spirit to take this life-giving food and share it with those whose souls are starving. Blessed with your grace and mercy, may I answer the cries of the world with your gospel message.  Amen.

Susanne Hanson 

Used with permission from the 2006 devotion book “Beautiful Feet – Meditations for Missionary Women”