SERMON TITLE: “Give Thanks for Family”
SERMON TEXT: Genesis 45:1-15
PREACHER: Rev. Kim James
OCCASION: November 13, 2022, at First UMC
At this time of year, it’s natural for most Americans to be talking with our families about Thanksgiving plans. Who’s going to host the big dinner? Who will be traveling from far away? Who has to negotiate around a work schedule or eating with the in-laws? Who will bring the traditional favorite foods, and who will bring a new friend, a new fiancé, or a new baby? Even those of us who won’t be getting together with blood relatives may be planning a for a Thanksgiving meal with friends who are like family or who will substitute for family. Maybe we will enjoy the company of some of our church family. Even those of us who might spend the holiday alone probably will be thinking about family, missing those who have passed away, and maybe reaching out by phone, Skype, or Zoom, to those who are distant in miles but near and dear in heart.
During this month of November, we’re talking about giving thanks. Last Sunday, we talked about giving thanks for Jesus. Today, as we anticipate our holiday gatherings, I’d like us to look at the story in Genesis 45 and consider some ways we can give thanks for family.