November 2021 | Gratitude
We are reminded in a newer hymn to:
Give thanks with a grateful heart,
Give thanks to the Holy One,
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ His son.
Ephesians 5:20 and I Thessalonians 5:18 reminds us to:
Giving thanks and having gratitude. Friends, gratitude is a word that we frequently hear bandied about. Often it is used with frustration because we believe the world is experiencing a lack of it, but when w fall prey to that type of thinking, we lose the meaning of the word. Gratitude is a term used to express thankfulness and praise, There is power in having a grateful heart, especially during times of sorrow, illness or other trials. The apostle Paul explains in Scripture that we are to give thanks for all things, in all circumstances, even when we are suffering and experiencing what is unpleasant in this world. This doesn’t mean we are to be “happy” all the time, that would be disingenuous, but rather to seek a deeper understanding of what it means to be Christian and in relationship with Jesus. As Christians, we are to show gratitude to God both in times of trial and in times of blessings, it is what distinguishes us from those who are unbelievers. As a follower of the Savior, there is peace given to us through all things, and we should respond in gratitude.
My heart is full of thanksgiving to God for having placed each of you in my life “for such a time as this.” The cards, well wishes, gifts and most importantly prayers you have lavished upon Tim and I during my surgery and recovery period sustained us and strengthened us. Prayer is such a powerful thing, for when we pray and give thanks to God in all circumstances, even when it’s hard to do so, we are promised grace and strength to get through whatever is before us.
Our family has gone through some difficult circumstances over the last 6 weeks, not only with my surgery and cancer, but also for our children and grandchildren. Throughout it all you have stood by us as prayer warriors and intercessors with God. We give thanks for your support and the love shown to each of us during this period. It’s been a long haul and it’s not over yet, but we are certain that our faith sustains us and your prayers of intercession have helped in the healing process for us all. We have gratitude in our hearts for the Savior’s love and also for each of you. God has given you to us as a gift. Thanks be to God.
In Peace and Gentleness,
Rev. Susan Hadley