In Everything, Give Thanks - Wellington First Assembly

Wellington First Assembly

326 W Botkin Lane, Wellington Kansas ........Family Faith Lessons - 9:30 AM........ Sunday Worship - 10:30 AM


Saturday, November 22, 2014

In Everything, Give Thanks

In everything, give thanks… (I Thessalonians 5:18)

As a young child, I waited in eager anticipation for the Thanksgiving holiday – a welcome break from school! It usually meant trekking up Interstate 29 to a relative’s house in northwestern Iowa. There we would frequently enjoy the blustery early snowfall, unearth a treasure trove of 1940’s era Readers Digests in the attic, and eventually gobble up goose, turkey, and other holiday fare. Of course, Thanksgiving meant the requisite mumbling of some mundane item of gratefulness as a precursor to a fun day of activities and football.

It wasn’t until I was older that I had the opportunity to reflect back on those days. We had much to be thankful for: Cousins returning from the war, heat bellowing from an old furnace grate, an ageing roof over our heads. During those years of unemployment and uncertainty in our culture, we still celebrated the important things in life: family, friends, and faith.

Many pages of the calendar have slipped by since then.  Yet some things remain the same.  There are still political disagreements, wars, homelessness, poverty, and persecution. In fact, it was not much different from the time that the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Thessolonica. Yet Paul reminds all of us to remember to give thanks – no matter what our current situation is. Our hope rests in Jesus. It is through his people – the church – that a thankful attitude and a message of Hope is spread in the middle of the adverse circumstances that often surround us.

This year I’m thankful for a church family that goes the extra distance to ensure that a person has a roof and heat. I’m appreciative that we allow our faith to comfort each other in our times of grief and sorrow. I’m grateful that even in times of uncertainty, a spirit of caring cooperation is present.  I'm indebted to God's goodness.

This Thanksgiving season, find a way that you can show your gratitude. 

-Invite someone you normally wouldn’t over for dinner.
-Get a new neighbor a cup of coffee. 
-Tell your story. 
-Share your miracle.
-Show the world that even in the midst of your real life struggles that you are still thankful for God’s eternal grace.

And now, let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"
Give thanks.
 – “Give Thanks” by Don Moen

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