A Word From Mr. Satterly—November 30, 2017

A Word From Mr. Satterly—November 30, 2017

Dear WA Community,

For many years, a debate has raged among the most learned—“Which is the superior holiday, Christmas or Thanksgiving?” A truly profound question with no simple answer. For example, Christmas does feature the incarnation of the living God or as John puts it… “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” On the other hand, it includes frenzied shopping, the most current toy rage, corny movies, and weird fruitcake. Thanksgiving, however, features deep‐fried turkey (which any Southerner recognizes is the best way to cook anything), a seemingly endless supply of desert, and a sugar‐induced semi‐coma with bad football on in the background. Thanksgiving has, it seems, given birth to another national holiday—Black Friday along with its new sibling, Cyber‐Monday.

For the record, I have always come down on the side of Thanksgiving—which may be reflective of my underappreciation of the reality of the gospel while overvaluing the temporal satisfaction linked with a satiated palate. Yet I work with a bunch that is clearly on the Yuletide side of the equation as evidenced by the presence of a fresh Christmas tree in our office upon return from last week’s break.

After enduring the ebb and flow of this debate for many years, I submit the answer is BOTH. Perhaps we should consider these two holidays in tandem—the bookends to a season. Thanksgiving harkens us to reflect upon the many blessings bestowed upon us by our Heavenly Father, to consider the events of the past year with an eye toward God’s faithfulness. Christmas affords us the opportunity to celebrate the specific event that changed human history forever—Christ’s birth. As a people and as a community, we have much to celebrate for God is indeed good and His love endures forever.

Grace and Peace,


Joel T. Satterly