Friday, 01 November 2019 00:00

November 2019

Message from the Pastor

Dear Friends: 

How can we live a worry-free life? Well, gratitude is the antidote for all our worries. Philippians 4:6 says: “Do not be anxious about anything but in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God and the peace of God that transcends all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” It is very difficult to be anxious when you are focused on all the blessings you have. The Bible encourages us to give thanks for all the blessings we have even for the smallest things that we take for granted. When we do this, our perspective and appreciation for the good things in life expands and helps us to cope better when difficulties arise. 

Psychologists and medical professionals at Mayo Clinic explain that people who are grateful are also physically and mentally healthier and happier. As we move into the season of thanksgiving let us cultivate a habit of gratitude. We have to train ourselves to be more grateful for there are so many things we can do to show our appreciation to God. 

Give thanks for each day when you wake up because it is a blessing to wake up every day and feel alive. And, don’t forget to give thanks every evening before you go to bed. Take time to thank God during meal times. Give thanks for the food provided and for the nourishment of your body. Many around the world go hungry each day without a meal. 

Give thanks for the family and friends God has given each one of us to

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, 

Pastor Kofi

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