It was important to him, before going into the moral and theological issues of the church, to establish an important foundation:
Grace is the source of my thanksgiving.
When I have nothing to give thanks for, there will always be Grace. When there is no reason for me to look up, there will always be Grace. When all I can see are my problems, my failures, my needs, my wants, there will always be Grace.
And so I am reminded of Mary Fairchild's Thanksgiving poem. May it make me more appreciative of Grace.
Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day
We bow our hearts to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You've done
Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.
-- Mary Fairchild