Dear Friends in Christ,
This afternoon as I write to you the sun is streaming in my office
window, but my hands are cold because I was just out in the brisk autumn
air. The leaves are scurrying about and
the sun is losing its strength.
Thanksgiving has taken on a far deeper meaning for me through the years. I have come to realize that it is not just a day, or a season, but an attitude. This attitude is not something that is pulled out at a certain time of year, like the large platter with an embossed turkey on it. No, thanksgiving is actually a year round attitude, an attitude of gratitude.
As Christians we of all people, because of Jesus Christ, should be continually grateful. As an old worship chorus declares: “We got so much, so much, so much, so much, so much, so much, so much, so much, so much to be grateful for.” We really do, but tragically we fall into the sinfulness of ingratitude.
In an article by Nancy Leigh DeMoss that I have saved for many years she shares six contrasts between a grateful heart and an ungrateful heart. Here they are:
So this Thanksgiving as we sing, “Now thank we all our God, with hearts and hands and voices…,” may we also pray: Lord God Almighty, have mercy on me and forgive me for my lack of gratitude. By the power of the Holy Spirit create in me a continuous attitude of thankfulness. Fill my heart with true thanksgiving and praise, because of Jesus, and in His Name I pray. Amen.
Happy Thanksgiving beloved, how I thank God for each of you,Pastor Fred
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