Thank you, Lord
"Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." - Philippians 4:8
I closed last Sunday's service (11/25) with an invitation to give thanks daily. One suggestion was to keep a gratitude journal for the remainder of 2018. Another was to memorize Philippians 4:8 (see above) and recite it throughout the day.
During the week, I had several of you email me your "gratitude" entries. They included thanks for health and life, family and friends. They were beautiful testimonies of God's goodness. I've been recording gratitude in my journal, as well.
It's been a wonderful addition to my daily devotions. They helped remind me that life is good and God is good.
Yesterday, I had a rough morning. One of my kids had a bloody nose in the middle of the night. This led to a rough start of the day for the entire family. Once the kids were finally off to school, it was off to the races with a string of appointments of my own.
Funny thing - in the midst of the morning chaos, I missed having my normal morning devotion. However, after the final meeting of the day, I had a conversation with several of you who reminded me to give thanks to God, to give thanks for the blessings of today. Several of you reminded me of the message from Sunday. On my way out of church, I heard the Chancel Choir singing "Hallelujah!" When I got home, I got to tuck my kids in bed and kiss them goodnight.
So, thank YOU. Thank you for being the living reminders of God's goodness - to me, to one another. Thank you for the ways you seek to honor and follow Jesus Christ with your gifts, talents, and resources. Thank you for being the tangible reminders of God's love and grace when we forget or get distracted.
I am grateful for YOU. - Pastor Caleb