share our lives with and to enjoy the laughter, fun and companionship. We may not get along all the time. There may be some dysfunction in our family but it does not matter. No one is perfect. We can practice a life of gratitude when we intentionally look for the good things that have happened in our lives, the blessings of food, clothing and shelter. And even the little serendipities we enjoy: freedom, love, peace, God’s wonderful creation.
We can also find reasons to be grateful even when things are not going well because we know God is with us. 1 Thessalonians 5 says:
“Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God concerning you."
If we train ourselves to practice gratitude we become more thankful in our life. Thankfulness becomes part and parcel of our lifestyle. Therefore, giving thanks and praises to God becomes automatic, whether we are in worship, eating a meal, enjoying God’s creation in nature, or spending time with family and friends at home or at work. During this season of thanksgiving, let us start practicing the habit of gratitude and that will set the tone for the whole holiday season and continue into the new year.
I would encourage you to start taking moments in your day to give thanks, and as you join family and friends to celebrate this wonderful time, remember our church will have a wonderful opportunity to worship on Tuesday, November 26th at 7 p.m. for a Thanksgiving service.
As your pastor, I thank God for all of you and wish you a happy and fun season filled with thanksgiving, for the Bible says: “Give thanks to the Lord for God is good and God’s mercies endure forever.”
Peace and Blessings,