The most important attitude that we will ever nurture, that we will ever exhibit, is the attitude of thanksgiving. I am more convinced of that every day. The attitude that makes the difference is an attitude of being thankful, of being grateful.
Jesus was using the numbers to say don't put limits on your forgiveness.
In John, we may see our need to prepare the way of the Lord, but in Mary we see the even greater need to prepare Him room. In her, we see the response of faith: obedience. As this Christmas sermon reminds us, "Faith is obedience, nothing else; literally, nothing else at all."
What should be our response to the Easter message of the resurrection? This sermon suggests laughter! Laughter that celebrates God's reversal of death and rejoices in victory!
This Christmas sermon looks at the angels' declaration: "Glory to God in the highest!" What can it mean? Glory does not come from piling up our accomplishments and then standing astride those achievements so all can see us. It comes from seeing the glory of God. Once you have seen it, you are never really the same again.
The most important attitude that we will ever nurture, according to this Thanksgiving sermon, is the attitude of thanksgiving. If we are able by the grace of God to cultivate an attitude of thanksgiving in what we do, say, and are about, we will know a life that is at once more challenging and more fulfilling.