2 Corinthians 4:15
“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
I was asked the other day a powerful question that got me thinking. It simply asked “What if you woke up today, with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?”
This week is Thanksgiving week. I hope that it is a time for you to be with friends and family. A time to reconnect with folks you haven’t seen for a while and to be in community with people you care about.
There’s turkey and all the fixins as well as dessert like pie.
There’s even football on T.V. as well as an all-day James Bond marathon.
It’s a busy day indeed.
I hope though that you take time to be in an attitude of gratitude.
You see we are fast approaching Advent and the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior.
Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, and New Year’s are all here-this week though is the start of the busy season and it will be over before you know it.
I myself am sitting here typing this saying-how is it Thanksgiving already??? It seems like it was just summer a couple days ago.
In the midst of the busyness of the season I hope you find time to be grateful, take time to care for yourself and each other, and remind yourself that you can’t do everything. It’s ok to say no to some things so you can focus on your family, friends, and of course yourself. Try to find balance this season so that it is life giving and not life depleting.
I’m afraid that I would be without many things this morning. I’m afraid to say that I even would have woke up this morning without my health, my home, or even my family. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to reset and practice gratitude in new ways. You could begin ending cards to friends and family members. If you don’t already, you could begin to pray throughout the day when you encounter something that reminds you of gratitude-just a simple thank you is enough. “Thank you God for _________.” A simple but effective prayer.
Yesterday we went to Colorado Springs to a trampoline park for the boys to jump around and while there someone hit the back rear of our pathfinder. We have no idea who it was or when they did it but it was frustrating. Jenna simply said- I just thank God it wasn’t worse. She’s right of course. We could have been hit driving or hit some ice and rolled over. The fact we weren’t in the vehicle makes me feel a little better. Doesn’t diminish the fact someone did that but focusing on the frustration wasn’t helpful.
I pray you all have a Happy Thanksgiving. You are all in my prayers and part of what I am thankful for.
Rev. Lou Ward
We are meeting at 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Fellowship Hall.
We will take July 28 through August 25 off. Stay tuned for our new study coming in September.
Join us on the Second Sunday of every month, with the exception of September, 2021, when our potluck will be on September 26 in conjunction with Church in the Park.
Military Appreciation Breakfast
Third Saturday of the month, 8 a.m.:
Veterans and Active Military and their Significant Others, join us for a hearty breakfast as we share our appreciatoin for your service.
United Methodist Women Monthly Meeting:
Third Thursday of every month: August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18
United Methodist Men's Monthly Breakfast:
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Tuesday: 8-12 am
Wednesday: 8-11 am
Thursday: 8-11 am
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