Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
Notice that Paul doesn’t say to give thanks “for” all circumstances, but that we should give thanks “in” all circumstances. Let’s face it, there are some circumstances for which we are not thankful at all. However, being thankful can change the way we view whatever happens and reminds us of who is in control. It seems to me people who have this attitude of gratitude are the happiest people possibly because they see what God sees. Although it may only be a glimpse of glory every now and then, it is a foretaste of eternal pleasures.
If we give thanks despite our feelings and life’s event, then God gives us joy despite those circumstances. Being thankful enables us to see from the persecutive of the One who holds the whole world in His hands.
I say this my friends to share how thankful I am for you. For your smiling faces on a Sunday morning, your generous spirits, your love for Jesus, and most importantly, your demonstration of that love in action.
This Sunday begins the Advent season when we celebrate what we have to be so thankful for – the coming of Jesus into our broken world. Our theme is “Making Room for Jesus” and each Sunday we will look at how different characters in the story were challenged to make room for Jesus. We begin with a lessor known personality, Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. It was just another routine sabbath worship when this old priest enter the temple and BOOM! The unexpected happened.
Do we expect God to show up when we come to church? Will we make room?
I’d be eternally grateful you could come and see for yourself,