Giving Thanks!

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The Scriptures overflow with thanks to God! For example, just to mention a few: “I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.” (Ps. 7:17) “O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.” (Ps. 30:12) “It is good to give thanks to the Lord.” (Ps. 92:1) “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.”(Ps. 107:1)  “I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart.” (Ps. 138:1) “With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God.” “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col. 3:16-17) “We also constantly give thanks to God.” (1 Thess. 2:13) “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess. 5:18)

God provides abundantly for all our needs. When we truly realize this we cannot restrain our thanks and praise to God. The reason we might fall short in our thankfulness is because we confuse our wants and desires with our needs. It’s not God’s job to give what we want, but rather to give us what we need. Can any of us honestly say that God has not been faithful in providing everything we need? God created us and became one of us so he knows everything we need and gives it to us.

Our failure to recognize God’s goodness and generosity is the cause of our lack of thanks. We find ourselves in challenging circumstances not of our choosing, and think God has failed to provide for us. Nothing could be further from the truth. God uses all of our circumstances and situations, good or bad, to draw us into a closer relationship with him. God wants our love, he wants us, and he gives us everything needed to make us his own, not withholding the life of his only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is all we really need! When we embrace Christ and welcome him into our hearts and minds through faith, another gift from God’s gracious hand, we cannot help but show our thanks.

Our national day of Thanksgiving is coming up this month on November 23. Peace Lutheran will offer a worship service of thanks and praise at 10:00 a.m. that day. Will you take time to be there and give thanks to God for all he has given you? On November 5 during our morning worship, we will place our 2018 Plan for Giving and Sharing Our Time and Gifts Response for all that God has given us, everything we need! Will you be there with your Plan and Response to show your gratitude to God through your support for the ministry and mission of our congregation? It’s all so simple. For all our being, how can we not give thanks with all our being! Thanks be to God!

Pastor Kurt Wandrey