I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods. Psalm 138:1 (NLT)

We already know that Thanksgiving is about more than just this one day. Thankfulness is something that should characterize our lives each day. Yet, it’s good for us as a Nation to pause and reflect upon all the reasons we have to be thankful at least one time a year.

We are still enduring the COVID-19 pandemic. So many precious lives have been loss and countless more have been irreparably impacted. Over half our country has seen significant increases in violent crimes and death this year. Teachers and healthcare workers are stretched beyond their limit and yet still expected to do even more. The fact that we have made it to this day is no small feat and it means we are loved and blessed.

Today, no matter whether you will gather with many, few, or none, take the time to simply breathe and celebrate the fact that you are still here. You are making it through one of the most difficult times in our recent history. You have not given up or given in to the trials or circumstances that very likely could have taken you out. I don’t know about you, but when I think about my own survival, I feel humbled, joyful, and thankful.

There are great things awaiting us on the other side of this season. Let’s make it our business to arrive at that next place happy, healthy, whole, and full of faith. How will we do this? I suggest by making the most of the current moment. Pausing and being prayerful today is the best way to prepare for whatever may come tomorrow. Take a moment today to call at least one person who may need a friend. And, if you are the one in need, be courageous and let someone know how they can help you. I am praying for you, please pray for me. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (NIV)
Loving and praying for you,
Pastor Danielle

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