Practicing Gratitude and Thanksgiving

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“Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean.  Count yourself lucky—God holds nothing against you and you’re holding nothing back from him.  Celebrate God.  Sing together—everyone! All you honest hearts, raise the roof!” – Psalm 32:1-2, 11

As the colorful falling leaves float to the ground and the calendar moves to November, our thoughts are naturally drawn to Thanksgiving. While I am thankful for this yearly reminder to give thanks, I am challenged to remember that giving thanks is not a discipline meant only for the 4th Thursday in November.

I am humbled by the reminder that Paul gives in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “…give thanks in all circumstances.  For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  Give thanks in all circumstances, really?

There is no denying that life is challenging. But too often we are so caught up in the challenges of life…

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Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio
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