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November 22, 2013

Keeping the Faith: 'Blessed Be the Name!'

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Afterwards, with the blessed luncheon weighing heavy on our tummies, many of us will collapse onto sofas barely fatter than ourselves. There we will watch football, nap from the near lethal doses of tryptophan, and fortify ourselves for a second, yea, third helping from the festive table.

Somewhere during the day, maybe a prayer will be offered; a nice little invocation. To God or the gods. Generically. An obligatory ritual that is little more than a tip stuffed quickly into the pocket of the nameless, faceless, cosmic Concierge who helped set our Thanksgiving feast.

But for many (and I hope for more of us rather than less), the prayer prayed over the November turkey will be offered in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln who first instituted this national holiday. The Great Emancipator declared, “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, to set apart a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father.”

This is no mere god to whom we pray. This is our God. This is the God to whom we belong; the One who will still scoop us up in his arms and make things right again; who will find us when we are lost. This is the beneficent Father who provides uniquely for his children.

Those of the Jewish faith have a marvelous way of spontaneously giving thanks. They exclaim, “Blessed be the Name!” They are doing much the same as I did when I was lost in that department store. They are not calling on the awkward collection of sheer constants and vowels that spell God’s name. They are calling on their distinctive God. The “Name” represents all the extraordinary goodness they have come to know about the one to whom they belong.

They know God as someone who is better to us than anyone else ever could be; someone who loves us with unconditional love; someone who welcomes us to the table without qualification or reservation; someone who provides us with what we really need; someone we can call on when we have lost our way.

For that, and so very much more, we should bow our heads in sincere thanksgiving, and bless the Name.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, pastor, and author of multiple books. You can read more and receive regular e-columns in your inbox at www.ronniemcbrayer.me.

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