Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
One man wrote, “The day before Christmas became a thanksgiving day for my family, The station wagon was packed with kids and travel stuff for the 400-mile trip to Grandma’s. As is our custom, before leaving we asked God to protect us on the road. He did, but in an unusual way.”
“As we were cruising down I-75 in Ohio, we ran over some debris in the road. It made a lot of noise, but did no damage– or so we thought. With every passing mile we figured that the crisis had passed. When we pulled off the expressway for gas a few miles later though, we were in for a deflating surprise. I felt a sick, floppy felling in the front of the car. Both tires had gone flat.”
“We weren’t happy with having to replace the tires, but we were thankful for God’s care. Thankful that we didn’t have a accident. Thankful that the tires stayed inflated until we got off the expressway. Thankful for the tow truck sitting at the gas station. Thankful that a repair shop was open. We were thankful for God’s answer to our prayer!”
1 Thess. 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Sometimes the circumstances of our lives are not always the best. In fact, they may be downright bad, but still, we are to look for something to be thankful for! And there is ALWAYS something positive for which we can be thankful!
Dr. Dale Robbins writes, “I used to think people complained because they had a lot of problems. But I have come to realize that they have problems because they complain. Complaining doesn’t change anything or make situations better. It amplifies frustration, spreads discontent and discord, and con invoke an invitation for the devil to cause havoc with our lives.” Complaining makes us miserable.
Psalm 77:3 says,”I complained and my spirit was overwhelmed.” A positive thankful person is a great witness in this dark world. We only shine when we are thankful. ur light shines for the Lord when we are thankful, when we live it and express it! Instead of looking at the negatives in our lives and complaining, we must look at and for the positives and give thanks.
1 Thess. 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Giving thanks is God’s will for our lives. Giving thanks to God and others is what pleases the Lord.
Now, Thanksgiving Day is around the corner. We ought to be thankful every day, for every day, and for every meal and for every gift from above, the gift of our Lord Jesus Christ. And they are many! WE ARE BLESSED!
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dennis Chung/Pastor