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November 2014 - Pastor's Corner

posted Nov 13, 2014, 8:18 AM by Linda Dickinson

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. 
Yes, November is here.  Ah, but that means Thanksgiving Day is coming as well.  I treasure this national holiday and the memories it holds for me.  I always enjoyed the Thanksgiving Eve worship service at our home church and singing the traditional Thanksgiving hymns.  Thanksgiving Day was always spent with my father’s family at my aunt and uncle’s home.  An amazing feast was set forth on the large dining room table as we all gathered together.  Memories, such fond memories.

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:

  1. A grateful person is a humble person, while ingratitude reveals a proud heart.

  2. A grateful heart is conscious of God and others, while an ungrateful person is self-conscious and self-centered.

  3. A grateful heart is a full heart, while an unthankful heart is an empty one.

  4. People with grateful hearts are easily content, while ungrateful people are subject to bitterness and discontent.

  5. A grateful heart will be revealed and expressed by thankful words, while an ungrateful heart will manifest itself in murmuring and complaining.

  6. Thankful people are refreshing, life-giving springs, while unthankful people pull others down with them into the stagnant pools of their selfish, demanding, miserable ways.

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