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Living a Life of Thanksgiving 1
Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks
in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus”.
Edward Spencer was a ministerial student in Evanston,
Illinois, and also a member of a life-saving squad during his school
years. In 1860, a ship went aground on the shore of Lake Michigan near
Evanston, and Spencer waded again and again into the frigid waters to
rescue seventeen passengers. In the process, his health was permanently
damaged. Some years later at his funeral, it was noted that not one of
the people he rescued ever bothered to thank him.
G.K. Chesterton called gratitude ''the mother of all virtues''. One of
the most significant changes that Jesus Christ wants to make in our
hearts and lives is to transform us into people who are continually
grateful. Especially as believers, we need to be aware that gratitude
opens up our lives for God’s will to be done in and through us.
Real gratitude is not just a feeling you experience when something good
happens to you or someone does something nice. Real gratitude is a
response or an action that demonstrates just how thankful we really are.
The scripture reminds us over and again to give thanks to God and be
grateful for all the many benefits and blessings He bestows on us. It is
not just feeling grateful, but it is being grateful. Not just feeling it,
but showing it.
On September 16, 1620, 102 passengers boarded a ship called the Mayflower
with the hope of finding religious freedom where they would be free to
worship God. After a 65 day voyage across the storm-tossed Atlantic the
Pilgrims landed in Provincetown Massachusetts on November 21st. By the
time spring came, almost half of the people had died from poor nutrition
and sicknesses. But despite the trials they endured, in September of
1621, the Pilgrims and colonists met together to give thanks for a
bountiful harvest and for the preservation of their lives.
Thanksgiving is the act of expressing gratitude for a favor or kindness
which has been shown to us. According to 1Thessalonians 5: 18 we are to
give thanks in everything, for this is the will of God. We are to give
thanks to God for everything in our life including sitting down, rising
up, sleeping, waking, breathing, seeing, hearing, feelings, having a job
or without a job, rich or poor, failure or success, good or bad, happy or
sad, etc. Failing to give thanks for everything is equal to violating the
will of God.
It's good to be thankful on the fourth Thursday of November each year but
it's even better to live a life of thanksgiving. Gratitude should be a
24/7 attitude; not just on the fourth Thursday in November. There are ten
thousand and more reasons for which we ought to be thankful for. God
wants us to respond to Him in ways that demonstrate our deep gratitude
for what He has done for us and given to us.
PRAYER Gracious Lord, help us to live each minute
with a sense of gratitude for all the blessings that we have received and
yet to receive. Amen
FOR THE DAY Being thankful is a door through which God can
lead us to experience His perfect will. Without it, we will miss what God
has in store for us.
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…