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From the Desk of the Pastor
Nov. 10, 2013
Giving Thanks in All Things
My wife recently tried her hand at making homemade pumpkin pies. At the urging of our daughter Abigail, she took her pumpkin selected from a kindergarten field trip to a pumpkin patch and began the process. The results were above all of our expectations. Not only did the pies look delicious, they were outstanding! I truly gave thanks for my wife’s adventurous spirit to try something new.
Now, I do not believe that is necessarily what Paul had in mind when he wrote, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:16-18). However, I do believe Paul would have thanked God for a good piece of pumpkin pie!
Like Paul, I want to urge you this Thanksgiving season to develop a thankful spirit. Notice that Paul said our joy and thankfulness does not depend on outward circumstances, but inward faith. You may be facing some difficult situations right now. Perhaps it is financial. You have lost your job or your benefits have been reduced. Or maybe it is health related. The doctor has informed you of a serious illness or condition that has left you wondering what the future holds. It may be relationship related. Your marriage is in crisis, or your relationship with your kids is strained. On the other hand, you may be blessed to not have any major trials to deal with at this time.
Wherever you find yourself, God wants you to know He is working all things out for your good and His glory (Rom. 8:28-30). You can have confidence that His love never fails. Prayer is our opportunity to express our inability and trust God’s ability to handle our present crisis. This Thanksgiving season, make this a time of renewed prayer and consciously thank God in the midst of your crisis for your faith. You will find that your perspective will be changed, as well as your circumstances. On behalf of my family, we wish you a peaceful, family-filled, joyous Thanksgiving holiday. Now, where is that pumpkin pie?
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