Focus: November Gratitude
November means a change of colors in nature, wonderful fall foliage, the beginning of deer season, and great football weather!
I am also grateful that in the DNA of our nation our founders, those immortal Pilgrims, set the precedent that became our national holiday called Thanksgiving,now celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.
This is a religious national holiday in which we pause as a nation to thank God for His gracious provision toward our nation, our homes, and our families.
Research has documented that people who give thanks, who have gratitude toward God and others, live longer, are happier, and live with less stress and better health.
Thanksgiving is more than just one day out of the year –but is an attitude of the heart year round. People offaith have long known this. The psalmist invites us: “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Ps. 107:1
What are the things in your life for which you are thankful to our Heavenly Father?
As the new minister on the block, I have the honor of preaching at our annual Community Thanksgiving Service at 6:00 p.m., November 27, hosted by Meadowview Baptist Church on Highway 270 East. The love offering at the community service helps underwrite the Sheridan/Grant County Ministerial Alliance Fund which assisted persons in 2014 with $4,322 in funds.
I look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday, November 6, for All Saints’ Sunday. And I thank God for each of you – and for your love for Christ and His Church!
Love in Christ,