The United Methodist Church of Enfield
Thursday, November 23, 2017
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November 2017

‘Tis the season to be thankful and jolly. And, I am. Is everything in my life running smoothly and perfectly? No. Do I have all my “i’s” dotted and my “t’s” crossed? No. Have all of my problems been solved for good and have all of my burdens and cares magically disappeared? No. But, I am thankful and so blessed.

Thankfulness, I believe, has something to do with the attitude of our hearts. It is being able to recognize God’s blessings we receive in every moment of each day, even those moments that are filled with hurt and pain. It involves an attitude of gratitude even doing those every day ordinary things of life. It’s in this spirit, I believe, that inspired the Apostle Paul when he instructed the Thessalonian Christians to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

There are times, especially with the negativity in our country, when each one of us forgets Paul’s advice and we allow our thoughts to focus on what’s amiss or going wrong in our life. I have discovered that when that happens there is something we can do to change our attitude and bring us back into a spirit of thankfulness. Here are some things I think that will help us refocus our lenses of life.

·         The next time you’re in the grocery story, give thanks for the abundance of food


·         Visit a nursing home or a homebound person and give thanks for your good

            health, if that is one of your blessings.

·         If you have a significant other, thank him or her for loving and caring for you every day.

·         Remind yourself of any act of love done for you by your parents or siblings.

            Remember the blessings of family.

·         Thank the waiter or waitress for their service.

·         Give thanks each day for the gifts of breath and life. Be aware of the blessings of

            sight, touch, smell, and being able to hear. 

As you gather with your loved ones please remember that Thanksgiving is more than a day off from work and more than just a large meal around a table filled with turkey and stuffing. It is more than watching football all day or getting an early start to Christmas shopping. It is a time to express our gratitude and to give thanks with a loving and grateful heart.

Happy Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for the bounty of blessings that God has so extravagantly given to me. Please know that you are on my list of the blessings from God for which I am deeply thankful.