Pastor’s Corner – Thankful
Thankful means to be filled with thanks. I like the suffix ful; Joy-ful, Grate-ful, Grace-ful, Hope-ful. To be filled (we might say filled to overflowing) with the things of God isn’t always easy these days. But, just because you feel a certain way, doesn’t mean it is true.
Right now, there are so many of us, if not all of us, that are filled with stress, grief, anxiety, sadness etc. Those feelings are real. But, for the vast majority of us, these feelings are temporary and circumstantial. The reality that the situation is temporary doesn’t discredit our feelings, but it can help us in the healing process as we look through the pain and focus on the truth in front of us.
Paul teaches us to focus on out reality to be able to find peace in all circumstances. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9
So I want to encourage you and me to do this same thing right now. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week lets focus on those things. While we are truly sad for how so many things are different this year, let’s think about the blessings, the good things, the true things that God is still using to make us “ful” of all His blessings.
I, for one, am thankful for the way we have been able to stay connected with family, friends, and our church community through technology. No, it isn’t anything like it used to be. And, yes, I greatly miss human interaction and contact. But, I am so thankful to be able to laugh, cry, celebrate, and simply hang out together through the wonders of modern technology.
I am Grateful for the ways this congregation has rallied together to help people in need this holiday season and throughout the pandemic. Offerings and acts of service, even professional services donated for those who need it most.
I am Hopeful, that God will grant relief and mercy from this pandemic soon. I’m hopeful that soon we will no longer need to grieve the lives lost every day because of the pandemic, but instead celebrate our lives together after the pandemic.
I am Joyful that I get to share the good news of Jesus with you and be encouraged by you. Each day lives are being saved, poured into, and encouraged by you! You are God’s people in this time, in this place for this purpose. May He be Gracious unto you, and may you have the eyes to see and be reminded to think about THESE things.