Pastor’s Reflection – Give Thanks

We are moving into one of the healthiest times of the year. Did you know that November is good for your health? Why do you suppose that is? It’s because we celebrate Thanksgiving, and giving thanks improves our lives and livelihood in a variety of ways. We read in scripture, “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good…” Paul begins his letters to Rome, Corinth, Philippi, Colossae, Thessalonica with a word of thanks to God for the believers in each city. Jesus prays his thanks to God just before raising Lazarus. Our worship services each Sunday give thanks to God for God’s many blessings. All this giving thanks has an effect on us.

Thanksgiving opens doors for more relationships; improves physical health; improves psychological health; enhances empathy, reduces aggression, improves sleep, improves self-esteem, and increases mental strength. And if you combine Thanksgiving with service you have a prescription for glimpsing the kingdom of God breaking into our lives.

We have just such an opportunity Saturday, November 17. There will be an all-day party going. At least four churches will meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Gibsonville Elementary School old gym for pack-a-thon packing meals to help the hungry. At 6:00 p.m. we will all sit down and eat together (drop off a covered dish at the church) at Gibsonville United Methodist Church, then worship at 7:00 p.m. giving thanks to God. You are welcome to attend part or all of the events of the day. I do hope you will take advantage of the opportunity, improve your health, and catch a glimpse of the kingdom of God.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. I thank God for you. You are special; you are loved; you are making a difference.

Keep growing the kingdom,

Pastor Bill

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