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“Give Thanks for the Seasons of Faith” – Luke 15:17-24 – Pastor Bruce Lerum
The seasons of the year are not unlike the seasons of life.
Each season of life offers a new perspective on giving thanks.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17
Life’s seasons change no matter what our age.
One’s age – younger or older – does not rule out numerous seasons.
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.'” – Luke 15:21-22
Thanks is usually given in retrospect.
Giving thanks for the “now” often requires stronger faith.
“Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.” – Luke 15:23
1. The story of the prodigal son is really the story of three people – father and two sons – in different seasons of life. With which do you identify the most today?
2. Are there other times in your life when you would identify with one or both of the other two?
3. What season of faith or “level” of faith would you say you are in? Is it a time of thankfulness?
4. Most often we give thanks in retrospect, after the event has passed in time. What would it be like to give thanks in advance? How would you word it?
5. How do you make that a genuine word of thanksgiving?