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Posted on Nov 26, 2014 in Blog

Give Thanks To The Lord…

“O Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

O give thanks to the God of gods,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

O give thanks to the Lord of lords,

for his steadfast love endures forever.”

                                    Psalm 136:1-3, NRSV

 I think you get the idea…the Psalm writer wants us to be sure and give thanks to God.  And at the risk of sounding like a broken record, it’s made certain that we know the reason why we can and should give thanks.  It’s because of God’s steadfast, unwavering, persistent, enduring, lasting, continuing, forever, endless, and always love for you and me!

God’s love and care come through in so many ways!  But during this Thanksgiving week I encourage you to look beyond the usual blessings we count up; food, family, health, friends, a place to call home, money in the bank, clothes to wear, etc.  Think about the things that people of faith can always be thankful for…no matter what their situation is.

There’s being thankful for one another…to one another…and the great connection that brings.  How about being thankful for the living word and presence of God at work in you…you know it always is!  Other people’s faith is so crucial to us, there’s another reason to always give thanks.  And what about giving thanks in advance…for the life in Christ to come.  To find out more about the way that God’s steadfast love is always there for us, check out our last OUMC sermons series called, “Thanks For What?”

My prayer for you during this Thanksgiving season is that you will “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s for you in Christ Jesus,” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NRSV).

Your partner on the journey,

Pastor Steve

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