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Giving Thanks

4 Be glad in the Lord always! Again I say, be glad!

5 Let your gentleness show in your treatment of all people. The Lord is near.

6 Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks.

7 Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 4:4–7)

Giving Thanks

Good Day Family,

Thanksgiving Day is a special holiday that brings people of diverse backgrounds to a similar place—gratitude. Giving thanks is a spiritual discipline that transcends faith traditions, lifts our spirits, and unites rather than divides. Most years, including this one, it arrives during the week in which the Christian calendar moves from one year to another.

Last Sunday we celebrated the Reign of Christ and this coming Sunday begins the season of Advent, the start of our year. It's a natural time to take stock of where we are and where we are going. It’s an opportunity to reframe the next few weeks with the reason for the season and the gift of hope, joy, peace, and love.

For these things, we give thanks. There is always something for which we may be grateful. The height of our thanksgiving is directed toward the One who gives every good and perfect gift. In this season of holy days, I encourage of to be intentionally and mindfully thankful. Begin and end each day in gratitude. Express gratitude to someone who brings joy, hope, peace, and love to your life.

In a special way, thank those who shoulder the burden of this season, who often have to work longer hours, and who sacrifice time with their families to make our lives just a bit more cheerful during this time. In all things, give thanks!

With a thankful heart,

Pastor Cheryl

Let us encourage one another. Let us love our neighbor. Let us be the church.

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