THE PASTOR'S WORD
"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18
(New Revised Standard Version)
Thanksgiving is a wonderful season. It is filled with special traditions, delicious food and festive fellowship time with family and friends. While these memories rest fondly in our minds and hearts, we must consider the true purpose of this season. The state of being thankful is so much more than an attitude or state of mind. Thanksgiving is an action word; it requires that we “be” thankful as well as “give” thanks! Moreover, being thankful is a divine instruction from God.
In the face of sickness, challenges or obstacles, many ask, how are they to have a thankful disposition? God’s Word tells us that in everything we should be thankful. He has been so good to us despite our shortcomings, indiscretions and disobedience. God has looked beyond our faults, found our needs and still has blessed us. In everything and at all times we should be grateful unto Him.
As you gather with your loved ones and reap the harvest of God’s blessings this season, remember that Thanksgiving is about celebrating the graciousness, goodness, and governance of our God. I told my congregation last Sunday to just use their brain; think of all that He’s done for you! For when we think of the goodness of our Lord we can’t help but be thankful.
Commit yourself to give generously, receive gratefully, and thank Him genuinely. That you live each day in gratitude is my prayer.
Marvin C. Zanders, II
The Reverend Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II