- Sunday: 9:00am-10:15am & 10:45am-12:00
As we gather together at the table this year to give thanks, we marvel at the sweet smiles on the bright and shiny new faces that have appeared. We see the hand of God at work at their coming. There is the remembrances of our childhood escapades. The telling and retelling of stories that bring joy to both the tellers and the listeners alike! Memories of simpler times are shared around the table, before the technology of this day and when the cares of this world seemed to be only in the minds of fiction writers.
On this day, there are those who struggle with giving thanks because the cares of this world have become overwhelming. From the political upheaval we have endured, to moments of fear over medical concerns, and to the sadness we feel because the faces of loved ones will be missing from our tables. These moments come suddenly, sometimes without warning and serve as a reminder that time is fleeting. Adjustment to these moments are hard and our emotions are fraught with pain and often times tinged with regret over things said or not said. Giving thanks is difficult in these moments.
1 Chronicles 16:8 says, "Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!"
As we remember what the Lord has done for us in the past, as we count his many blessings one by one, we will be encouraged and strengthened for the days that lie ahead. We can remember His blessings and be filled with joy with thoughts of his return. We can be thankful for the little things and give thanks for all things!
There is joy for the believer in knowing that God is in control and we can cast our cares upon him...especially on this day.
Debi Ford is the Director of Care and Support Ministries