From the Pastor

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night…..” – Psalm 92:1-2

It was a simple thing. A clerk handed a restless child a lollipop. His mother and he had been shopping all day, and this was the last shop. He was tired and mom was tired and the clerk tried to soothe the situation. But when the mom said, “What do you say to the nice man for the lollipop?” The child replied, “Charge it!” It seems giving thanks is a kind of an art that has been lost. So many people are not thankful and don’t live thankfully. They think that whatever they receive it was meant for them or they deserved it. The words “thank you’ seem lost in our world today and yet, there is so much to be thankful for each day. Whether it’s the food we consume, the shelter we live in, or simply just getting up in the morning, seeing a new day, we are to be thankful people.

The Psalmist expresses this: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord”. We are to express our gratitude to the God who loves us, renews us each day, and gives us all we need, our daily bread, to live and more in God. We are to sing God’s praises and offer our voice in thanks for God’s love and God’s mercy and the life that God provides for each of us. It is more than just doing so once a year in November. We are to live this way every day and show it in how we praise God, give ourselves to God, and live for God in Jesus each day. It is an attitude of showing thanks for all that we receive in our lives so that we can give to each other, our church, our neighbors, the poor and needy and those who have a difficult time in life. It is more that just writing a check. It is writing God’s name upon our hearts, his best new name of love, and living that love in our daily life.

Don’t miss that chance. Seek a life that is less about you and more about God living in you in Christ Jesus, that you can be people of thanksgiving that give and praise, and show thanks for all you have, know and live daily.

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Jim