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Give Thanks to God, Always!

November 17, 2021

Leadership Notes

Thanksgiving is a funny thing. Not the holiday. The holiday is a wonderful thing. The food…the family {whatever shape that takes in your life}…and the beginning of the Christmas season. There are many reasons to celebrate the holiday. While concern over supply chain issues wormed its way into the back of my brain, it was all for naught, as turkeys have been quite plentiful. I've got two in our freezer; one for Thanksgiving and the other for sometime in the spring/summer.

Giving thanks is a funny thing. When? Why? In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul says:

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in

Christ Jesus for you."

Our Christian take on thanksgiving is interesting. "Give thanks in all circumstances." What does that mean to you? What are all circumstances?

When you do a little research, you discover the hardships and difficulties Paul faced as a follower of Jesus Christ. He did not write those words from an ivory tower or while wearing rose-colored glasses, to use the two most readily available clichés. He lived what he wrote. No matter what we are experiencing or going through, give thanks. Can you do that? Do you do that?

Let's look at a slice of life from the past 21 months. It has been a crucible of sorts. Last holiday season brought one set of challenges, while this year brings another. Families are negotiating their gatherings, this time around the vaccinated/unvaccinated dilemma. I'm not keen on mandates. Families will make decisions based on what they believe are appropriate levels of risk. As for me and my family, I believe we have put all that behind us, and are moving forward carefully, cautiously, and unafraid. When Paul says give thanks in all circumstances, winsome comes to mind.<