Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, November, 2013

posted Nov 1, 2013, 1:14 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Nov 1, 2013, 1:14 PM ]

Give Thanks To the Holy One

 

One of the more recent Thanksgiving songs starts out “Give thanks with a grateful heart; give thanks to the Holy One!” and goes on to say further, Let the weak say, "I am strong." Let the poor say, "I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us."

 Paul in one of his letters says we are to give thanks in all circumstances: “vs. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” - I Thessalonians 5:16—18 (NIV).

 To which I would say, it may be God’s will for those in Christ, but “Rejoicing and Thankfulness” regardless of the circumstances are not always easy. How does one rejoice and give thanks in a time of sickness, unemployment, depression, desperation, lost possessions or opportunities, or some of the other woes incumbent upon human kind. Life is obviously not without its struggles and occasions of adversity and heartache.

 I concede there may be those days when it’s tough to give thanks, even though Paul says that we are to be rejoicing people as Christians, even in troubling times - not just when things are going well, but always. This is what the Lord God wills for us, like it or not.

 Someone has said this about happiness:

To be happy for an hour -- take a nap.

To be happy for a day -- go shopping.

To be happy for a week -- take a vacation.

To be happy for a month -- get married.

To be happy for a year -- inherit a fortune.

To be happy for a lifetime -- help others.

 All right - You may not agree with everything on that list. But I believe the author is totally right on target about how to be happy for the rest of your life. Lasting contentment, the most satisfying kind of happiness, can always be found in helping others. And it's something that a lot of folks for the most part have never discovered or regularly practiced.

Once you have discovered how to be happy by helping others it’s not all that hard to move on to rejoicing and thankfulness in all circumstances. After all “giving thanks in all circumstances” is not the same as giving thanks for all circum— stances.

 I Wish for you a thankful heart, not just for the coming Thanksgiving Season, but for all the seasons of your life.

 

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries
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