November 27, 2015

“Leftovers”–Matthew 14:13-21, Matthew 6:25–33, Philippians 4:19

For many the day of Thanksgiving is set aside for gathering with friends and family while ruthlessly stuffing ourselves with turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie. Once we have awoken the next day from our tryptophan-induced coma, we have the joy of figuring out what to do with all those leftovers. We all begin to embody the character of Bubba, Forest’s best friend from the movie Forest Gump, who explains all the endless ways to prepare shrimp. However, instead of shrimp, we do it with turkey. You have your turkey sandwich, turkey soup, turkey gumbo, turkey casserole, turkey potpie, turkey enchiladas, and basically anything you can think of to repurpose all that leftover turkey. Turkey is the gift that keeps on giving and I am always amazed at how much of it is leftover.

Around this time of year, we are always encouraged to give thanks for all we have. The leftovers from the Thanksgiving feast can remind you to be thankful that “God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, The Message). No matter what we need, God’s riches will always be more than enough. He always has enough leftover!