Sunday School 9:00 AM
Social Time 10:00
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
It's easy to be grateful for good times. When the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and
birds are singing, it's easy to give thanks. On the other hand, it's not easy to be grateful when it's raining outside, and we have to carry a load of groceries into the house or run errands.
It takes a special effort to give thanks for bad times, as well as good times; for set backs as
well as successes; for weakness as well as strength.
Henry Nouwen, a Dutch priest, wrote these words about gratitude: "Still, we are only truly
grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment."
If we cannot get beyond dividing our lives into things we want to embrace and all the rest that
we prefer to forget, then we will not experience the fullness of God in every part of our life. Maybe God has something to say through our bad times. Even when we have to carry groceries
through the rain and the bag breaks spilling our groceries on the ground, God might be whispering to us in a still small voice. Perhaps we may need to look at the rain as blessing
because its the nourishment needed for the food which grows from soil; food we take for granted because we have the convenience of picking it up at the grocery store.
Looking ahead to Easter, let's see if we can look at every experience that has brought us to
where we are now and trust that we have never been apart from God. When you feel discouraged remember this promise from God, "I will never leave you or forsake you." Hebrews 13:5b
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