Saturday, November 17, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

In the America we celebrate a national day of thanksgiving. While this is a civil holiday, the roots of this celebration can be traced back to the pilgrims that founded the Plymouth Colony. These men and women set a day aside to thank their Creator for the providence that he had provided them during their first year in the New World.

Thanksgiving and praise are related in God’s economy. The later refers to our appreciation for who God is while the former refers to our appreciation and gratitude for what he has provided for us.

This week I want to encourage you to spend 5 minutes each day leading up to Thanksgiving Day to practice a eucharistic lifestyle and track your attitude.

Now I know that some of our Protestant tribes are skittish about this word (Eucharist), it is simply the transliteration of the Greek word eucharistía. We translate this word as thanksgiving. Some Christian tribes have infused this word with more meaning then the writers of Scriptures originally meant it to have.

I believe that as we begin to live a thankful life especially as we reflect on the greatest gift that God gave to us through His Son. We celebrate this gift when we participate in Communion. This is the embodiment of the highest act of thanksgiving for the greatest gift received from God, the sacrifice of Jesus. Out of this flows the grateful acknowledgement of past mercies we have received.

In reflecting on the greatest gift ever given, we will find that we become a more grateful person. You will grow closer to Father and through that growth you will grow closer to those around you.

So during this time I want to encourage you to “Count Your Blessings”. It will change your lives and after all the writer Paul told us. . .

Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thes. 5:16-18 (NIV)

God does not tell us to thank Him for the circumstances but to give thanks in the midst of our circumstances. God is faithful with His presence and power during difficult times in our lives.

Have a great Thanksgiving

Pastor Val

1 comment:

Amy Stewart said...

I think that last little bit about God telling us to be thankful IN our circumstances, not thankful FOR things is something that I need to be reminded of daily. Thank you for that reminder, Val.