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God's Gifts Disrupt

Lodged next to Advent, Thanksgiving is not only for remembering; it waits and it expects. Faithful gratitude believes that the God who has given good gifts has more good gifts to give. While God’s gifts are welcome, in fact they do disrupt. God’s gift of truth disrupts our systemic mendacity that denies our lethal social practices. God’s gift of generosity contradicts our parsimonious selfishness. God’s gift of mercy interrupts our hard-hearted indifference. God's gift of justice exposes our systemic injustice. God’s gifts amount to an inconvenient reality among us; they remind us that what we have come to regard as "normal" continues a deep abnormality in which we may have no complacency. The readings invite us to ponder how the world may be when God is reckoned to be at the center of it.

- Walter Brueggemann, "Living the Word: God's Reign Cracks into Our World,"
Sojourners, November 2010