- Pastor Conrad
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Eph 5:17-20 God desires our thanksgiving because He created us to have a loving relationship with Him. Giving thanks is a way of saying, “Lord, I love You, not just for all the blessings, but for who You are." God made us with a free will. He knew we could misuse the gift and choose not to love Him. So when humankind made that tragic choice, He did not reject us. God responded in Love. He gave His very best, when He sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sins. Thanksgiving is a profound confession of faith. It breaks the illusion that we can run our own lives and be sufficient by ourselves. This month we should humble ourselves before God and praise Him for all we have and are. Thanksgiving is the secret of a true relationship with God, so too expressing gratitude to the people in our lives lets them know how much they mean to us. This time is a special opportunity to love the Lord, to renew our commitment to Him, and to allow our gratitude to spill over in deep appreciation for and to the people in our lives. Thank God for His love! Have you made time to think about all the lovingkindness of God toward you? Everything you have, material or immaterial, is a direct blessing of the mercy and grace of God if you think about where every blessing comes from and what you really deserve.