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Thankfulness is Gods Remedy for spiritual amnesia

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Mint Evarist

I was in Togo, West Africa in September of 2010 with a missionary couple. We spent nearly two weeks with native missionaries doing outreach in villages in the region. Being harvest time, we would do the outreaches in the evening.  On this particular night, we traveled about 30km to the village of Kwadenyere. I rode on the back of Evarist’s motorcycle. Along the way the headlight on our bike kept failing, and yet the skies above were clear, the moon 3/4 full provided ample light. We forged four streams along the way and traveled through tall mint fields. We arrived to much dancing and singing among these villagers who had worked all day in the fields. We shared a very simple gospel message and many came to faith that evening. The sights and sounds and scents and salvations of that evening are forever etched into my heart, a time when the space between this world and the world to come was very thin. I will never forget and will always be grateful to God!

Even as I share this thankful moment with you,  I am immediately transported there in my mind and God revives my heart, reminding me of His faithfulness and presence, His love and His joy. It is a memory I call upon especially in times when I lose sight of God’s presence, get discouraged, and wonder why my soul is downcast within me. The memory and the thanksgiving immediately transports my thoughts to God as He revives my heart. Or as the Psalms reminds us it is God, “Who redeems your life from the pit and surrounds you with steadfast love and mercy (Psalm 103:4).

I have a list of Thanksgivings in one of my journals. Some are fairly involved (like the one I shared above). Others are as simple as “Rocky Road Ice Cream” (the generous textures and flavors of food  are such an amazing gift from God).  I have attempted to give titles to them, as that seems to help me keep the list manageable, but it also is a way to be reminded of God’s faithful work throughout my life in big and most often small ways. I encourage you to take some time in the days ahead to consider those times in life when you remember God’s presence with you — people, scenes, things you are thankful to God for. Give yourself time to remember the details (sights, sounds, scents, people, etc.,). Thank God for the time, the people, His presence. Give it a title to bring it to quick remembrance.

And be amazed at the benefits of thankfulness which God’s Word declares (here’s just a little taste):

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, into His courts with prayers.   Psalm 100:4

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.   Psalm 106:1

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.   Psalm 118:29

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 15:57

and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.

1 Corinthians 11:24

Pastor Jon 

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