Martin Luther’s 92nd and 93rd Theses, I believe, are exactly what we need this Thanksgiving:
92. Away, then, with all these prophets who say to the people of Christ, “Peace, peace,” and there is no peace.
93. Blessed be all those prophets who say to the people of Christ “Cross, cross,” and there is no cross!
From a letter Luther had written to a Prior of the Angustinian order, on June 22, 1516, he gives the explanation behind the 92nd and 93rd theses:
“You are seeking and craving for peace, but in the wrong order. For you are seeking it as the world giveth, not as Christ giveth. Know you not that God is ‘wonderful among His saints,’ for this reason, that He establishes His peace in the midst of no peace, that is, of all temptations and afflictions.’ It is said ‘Thou shalt dwell in the midst of thine enemies.’ The man who possesses peace is not the man whom no one disturbs —that is the peace of the world; he is the man whom all men and all things disturb, but who bears all patiently, and with joy. You are saying with Israel, ‘Peace, peace,’ and there is no peace. Learn to say rather with Christ: ‘The Cross, the Cross,’ and there is no Cross. For the Cross at once ceases to be the Cross as soon as you have joyfully exclaimed, in the language of the hymn,
‘Blessed Cross, above all other,
One and only noble tree.’ ”