november 26, 2013

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, pause to reflect on the words Paul writes to the church in Colosse.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:12-17)

We give thanks not only through our praise but through everything we do in word or deed. Consider how these attributes are a means of thanksgiving to God: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, love, unity, peace, teaching, admonishing, and singing. This is wonderful time to reflect and to reflect upon all God’s blessings. Find time to give thanks and, through your words and deeds, to be someone for whom others give thanks.

As you offer prayers of thanksgiving, listen to the words of Robert N. Rodenmayer’s prayer “For Great and Simple Joys.”
Let us praise and thank God for all great and simple joys;
For the gift of wonder and the joy of discovery; for the everlasting freshness of experience;
For all that comes to us through sympathy and through sorrow, and for the joy of work attempted and achieved;
For musicians, poets and craftsmen, and for all who work in form and color to increase the beauty of life;
For the likeness of Christ in ordinary people, their forbearance, courage, and kindness, and for all obscure and humble lives of service;
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost ever world without end.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Micheal Summers
Director of Church Services / Assistant Professor of Religion / Assistant Director of Ministry Guidance