An Attitude of Gratitude - Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Traditionally, this weekend families gather together in various ways to celebrate the many blessings we have in our lives.

I do hope that you have an opportunity to gather with your loved ones this weekend. Take advantage of the opportunity presented to you, whether you are able to visit over a meal, a coffee, skype or just over the old fashioned telephone. Don’t let distraction or inaction rob you of the opportunities to express thanks to and for your loved ones and friends. These are God’s blessings to you.

I do also hope that you make the opportunity to come worship at Church this Sunday. The Bible encourages us to not forsake the assembly, especially in these days. We have opportunity to encourage one another, give thanks for one another and, above all else, give honour and praise to the One who gave us the greatest gift of eternal hope in Christ.

We have a few unusual things happening this coming Sunday (that’s tomorrow) …

  1. Guest Music with One With Him

  2. Collection of nonperishable food item for the Local Foodbank

  3. A special offering collection for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 states, ‘Rejoice always,  pray continually, GIVE THANKS in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’

Thanksgiving weekend is great in that it encourages us to GIVE THANKS.

Let me wrap up this brief blog with sharing three important reasons why we should embrace this attitude of gratitude every weekend and every day of the year.

1. An attitude of gratitude gives a better perspective.

Perspective means ‘the way we see it’. Gratitude offers us a perspective that is full of faith and possibility. It brings hope and life to the worst situations. An attitude of gratitude lifts our eyes so we can see clearly by faith.

2. An attitude of gratitude gives birth to generosity.

The opposite gives birth to selfish and self-serving behaviours. We have been given much more than we deserve and an attitude of gratitude gives birth to a generous and life-giving spirit. An attitude of gratitude causes us to become more like our generous God.

3. An attitude of gratitude gives us reason to thank the Giver.

God is the greatest giver in the universe. He gave humanity His Son in order to save humanity from itself. John 3:16 tells us that He did this because of love.  An attitude of gratitude cause our hearts to overflow with thanksgiving to our giving God.

Lord, I pray that you help each one of us embrace this attitude of gratitude. Give us a better perspective, give us a spirit of generosity and fill our hearts with thanksgiving we ask in Jesus' Name!

Giving thanks to God for you,

Pastor Jim