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November 2012

"Dayanu!"

One of the songs of the Jewish Passover is entitled "Dayanu!" The Hebrew word "Dayanu!" has the approximate meaning of "It would have been enough for us". The "Dayanu!" song is about being grateful to God for all of the gifts He gave to His people, beginning with His delivering them out of the slavery of Egypt. In total, the "Dayanu!" song expresses thanks to God for fifteen gifts that He bestowed on the Jewish people.

As Christians we have even greater reason to say "Dayanu!" ("It would have been enough for us!") when we consider first and foremost how God has delivered us from the slavery of sin, death and the devil through His Son's sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection from the grave. And on top of that, God has given us many other gifts to be thankful for!

As Luther says in his explanation to the First Article of the Apostle's Creed, "I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is in my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him. This is most certainly true."

This month, our nation celebrates the Thanksgiving Holiday. As God's people, we are thankful not just on the fourth Thursday of November but every day is a day of thanksgiving. We we think of the cornucopia of God's gifts to us, beginning with our deliverances from the slavery of sin, death and the devil – we cannot help but think, "It would have been enough for us!", as Romans 8:32 asks, "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?"

When you "Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done!", then you will find yourself, saying "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!", and in turn respond by asking, "What shall I render to the Lord for all the benefits He's done?"

God Bless you with a blessed Thanksgiving, as you are reminded of the many gifts He has given you, beginning with the greatest gift of all, your salvation in Jesus Christ!

Pastor Wendt

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