Monday, November 30, 2009

Thankful in All Seasons

Yesterday at South Bay, the staff put together a very meaningful interactive teaching experience. Each of the four pastors made a video regarding different elements of thankfulness. In between the videos there were worship songs, communion, and a chance for each person in attendance to participate by writing down what they were most thankful for. Each person had a couple sticky notes and were encouraged to write a prayer to God expressing to Him what they wee most thankful for. Then, during a song, each person brought their sticky note to the front and put it on a huge poster.

This morning I had the privilege of reading what each sticky note said. It was interesting to see different people's perspectives. Some people were clearly thankful for the bounty of God's blessings: great job, financial security, loving family, etc... Others, on the other side of the pendulum, thanked God for sustaining them during difficult times, providing for them during unemployment, comforting them through the loss of a loved one. More than one person wrote that they were thankful that God has continued to love them when they turned their backs on Him. The thought that crossed my mind was, "We have a reason to be thankful in every season of life." Whether well fed or hungry, living in plenty or in want...

The sticky note that grabbed my heart was the one that said, "If I could write down everything You've done for me this year, there'd not be enough paper in the world to hold it." Don't you feel that way, too? I know we've all got struggles in our lives and some of us have had more difficult years than others. But when you stop to think of all you have to be thankful for, don't you find yourself overwhelmed with gratitude? Speechless in the presence of the Giver of every good and perfect gift?

I'd love to hear something that you're thankful for and how God has provided for you this year.

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