And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. – Colossians 3: 17
There is a story about a banquet, to which all the Virtues were invited. But once seated, Generosity and Gratitude had to be introduced to each other, because they had never met.
It’s a cute little quip about the nature of humankind, yet it opens wide avenues for reflection. How often is gratitude implied, but never expressed? Or how often is it a thought at all? Perhaps we are in the habit of saying “thank you” when we receive a wrapped present, but are we in the habit of saying “thank you” for the less exciting gifts of rest? Warmth? Companionship?
What about when we lose something we never paid much attention to before? Perhaps some of us have lost sight, hearing, family members, mobility, memory, or income. Can we find the spiritual strength to go beyond bitterness, and instead live in gratitude for what joy those things once brought us, and learn to pay attention to the blessings yet available?
Gratitude is a discipline. We pray that we can all find the humility it takes to be grateful for the little as well as the great, for the mundane as well as the exciting. And as some of us come together for Thanksgiving dinner, we pray that this symbolic feast will remind us of the great banquet God throws for us every day, and for all eternity. Now that generosity deserves our gratitude.
We would like to thank everyone who took time to fill out the brief Music Ministry survey last month. As servants of the Living God, Mark and Treva seek to praise Him to the best of our abilities, and to help others commune with Him in the most effective ways. Your answers gave us great insight into the musical needs of this congregation, and we are grateful for that information! In the coming months, we will try to incorporate what you asked for as a community, to the Glory of God.
Mark and Treva