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Pastor's Monthly Message: Give Thanks in All Circumstances
One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. I enjoy the opportunity to spend time with family in a leisurely way and partake of turkey and stuffing and many other delicious foods which are high in calories. But what I really appreciate is the simplicity of the holiday. Many of our other holidays have become so commercialized that it is challenging to remember the real reason for the holiday.
Thanksgiving is different. The meal preparation is significant, but other than this, there are not a great many other preparations that need to be made. And while Thanksgiving is not an explicitly Christian holiday, it is a holiday that is very easily set apart for Christian purposes. Christians are called to be the most thankful people in the world. In fact, Christians are called to give thanks in all circumstances. Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5: 16—18: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
How is it possible to give thanks in all circumstances? When life is going well, we are tempted to take credit for our success, and forget to thank God. When life is difficult, we are tempted to blame God and fail to recognize his goodness even in the midst of our difficulty. Giving thanks is about remembering to thank God in good times and in hard times. more>
Verse of the Month
Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! --Psalms 105:1 ESV