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Thanksgiving 2023

As we spend time with friends and family this week, I hope that we all take a moment to recognize how blessed we are and to give thanks to God for our blessings. I know that some of us are going through difficult times, but there are still always things for us to be thankful for. For example, I know some of you are experiencing health concerns right now. We are blessed to live in a place where we have access to state-of-the-art medical treatment. Even when we complain about our access to doctors, we should remember that there are some people who have no access at all.

Advent and the Christmas season are coming quickly. We have many opportunities to help those who have need this season. There’s Project Evergreen like every year. We will have a giving tree in the Fellowship Hall. There’s an opportunity to share toys and other supplies with a ministry in Mexico. Of course, throughout our community there are many other ways to help out also. Helping those in need is a good expression of our gratitude and our faithfulness to God.

I’ll remind you of part of yesterday’s Scripture. Jesus said, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,’” (Matthew 25:40, NIV). When we help those who need shelter, or food, or clothing, we are serving Jesus through our actions.

I want to say a big thank you to all of those who stepped in to help while Josanne and I were away. Thank you so much!

Psalm 100—How does “giving thanks” have to do with our relationship to God?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24—What is different about “giving thanks in all circumstances”?

1 Chronicles 16:7-36—What was important about “giving thanks” in this context?

Luke 17:11-19—Why do you think only one leper thanked Jesus?


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