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Thanksgiving Brings Blessings

posted Nov 29, 2012, 10:15 AM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]
We have just celebrated the Thanksgiving Holiday. This is a time when we collectively recall all the blessings which have come our way. Did you take time to give thanks to God for all these many blessings in your life? Having a heart of thankfulness allows us to be grateful for everything we have received in life. This spirit of thankfulness is a window through which we can view the next season in the church year, which is Advent.

Advent is a special period of preparation to get us ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We take deliberate time once again to prepare our hearts for the Christ Child. We enter into a time of thankfulness and prayer that we may be ready to receive the gift that God is giving. When a loved one dies, someone gets word of life threatening disease, or when something happens which causes you great concern for your future, it is hard to feel blessed. That is why we need to immerse ourselves in our relationship to God. We can do this through worship, Bible study, sharing special time with those we love.

This year at St. Paul’s we have created an additional opportunity to prepare ourselves. On Thursday evenings in Advent the sanctuary will be open for prayer. Prayer is a very personal way we can speak to God. In scripture we are reassured that God not only listens to our prayers but God speaks to us and answers our prayers. People from the prayer ministry team will be on hand to pray with you or you may feel the need to spend quiet time on your own with God. We pray that you will take advantage of this time when you can feel that intimate connection with our loving and present God.

Rikka and I have started to use Jesus Calling by Sarah Young to supplement our devotional time. In this devotional the Shepherd’s voice is used to make you feel that Jesus, the Good Shepherd is speaking to you at the present tense of your life. Sarah had a wonderful devotion this past week and I would like to share a portion of it with you.

Let thankfulness rule in your heart. As you thank Me for blessings in your life, a marvelous thing happens. It is as if scales fall off your eyes, enabling you to see more and more of my glorious riches. With your eyes thus opened, you can help yourself to whatever you need from My treasure house. Each time you receive one of My golden gifts, let your thankfulness sing out praises to heaven.”

This season of Advent is in fact the doorway, which opens up our lives to the celebration of Christmas. It would seem fair to say that the spirit of thankfulness should continue all the way to Christmas and beyond. We are truly blessed because God loves us so much that God gave us Jesus to come into the world to die for our sinful condition. Being thankful and creating a spirit of thankfulness takes the sting out of the adversities we face in life. Knowing that God in Christ has triumphed over death itself we have a present God who does not fall asleep when we are broken and don’t know where to go.

As we prepare for Christmas it is my encouragement for you to take time to hear the Shepherd’s voice speaking to you. Then, in humility give thanks to God thereby creating a spirit of thankfulness, which will carry you throughout the year.

God bless you and have a joyous Christmas.

A thankful friend,

Pastor Gorden

“I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.” (Romans15:29)

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