Thanksgiving (Canadian) Devotion 2014

Thanksgiving grace 1942 Public Domain
Thanksgiving grace 1942 Public Domain

Last night at Theology over Pizza (our weekly gathering for York students), I asked everyone to name one specific thing that they were thankful for. A variety of things were mentioned: people were thankful for siblings, spouses, children, parents and pets. One was thankful for being at York. Another was even thankful for public transit!

It is a good exercise to be thankful because we so often take things for granted. Sometimes, it takes tragic loss to shock us back into realizing how important certain things are to us, and how we should be grateful that they were in our lives.

I wonder sometimes if we take God for granted. I think this is a temptation for Christians because we always emphasize God’s love and grace to us undeserving sinners. We have never needed to earn God’s love. God loved us before we loved him.

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Cohen’s Hallelujah

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This is unrelated to my theology stuff but something fun for a change. Somehow today I have this song stuck in my head. It’s one of my all-time favorite songs. It’s not overtly religious despite the chorus. But it always brings a tear to my eye. I love this version best sung by Leonard Cohen himself (there’s many covers and different stanzas that Cohen wrote over the years). Most probably heard the version in the movie Shrek but I like this one especially for the last stanza that is missing in the Shrek version:

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Whenever I hear this stanza, I think sometimes that’s all I will have when I stand before God in the life after – despite all my achievements and failures, I stand before God with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah.

Well, I guess it is still a little related to my theology of God’s grace – undeserving mercy to us – after all! Hope you enjoyed the video. 🙂

[Update: Leonard Cohen passed away on Nov. 10, 2016 at the age of 82. Thank you Leonard for your songs and poetry.]