Practicing thanksgiving

Pastor's Desk November 2019

In last month’s Newsletter the theme was change and how to live with it, and since then my wife and I have been learning how to live with a very big change. On October 24th at 3:05 a.m. our family grew from two to three, and we found ourselves changed from Scotty and Maria to the Mami and Papi of a new born son. Suddenly our norm of sleeping eights hours was replaced by naps between crying and feeding, and our norm for going out was replaced by limits on where we could go. And though we love being parents these changes started to feel constricting, but as it was when we were waiting for a child these words from Paul kept coming to our minds:

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)    

Now when Paul says “all circumstances” he is speaking literally, and during our long adoption journey what kept us going was the practice of thanksgiving. When we experienced roadblocks with paperwork, we gave thanks unto the Lord. When we experienced two painful disruptions, we gave thanks unto the Lord. When we experienced positive updates from the agency, we gave thanks unto the Lord. And when received encouragement from others we gave thanks unto the Lord. Of course, there were times where it felt as if our gratitude was forced and not genuine, but even still we sought to do the will of God in Christ for us.

Truly, what kept us going on the road of adoption was the practice of Thanksgiving, and what is keeping us going on the road of parenthood is giving thanks unto the Lord in all things. And friends, as you continue on roads or embark upon new roads that life presents to you, my prayer is that you would carry on by giving thanks in all things. May the Lord continually give you an attitude of gratitude by His grace, and know that He accepts your thanks even when you struggle to give it.

In all things may you give thanks unto the Lord, for this is His will for you in Christ Jesus!

For some daily tips on practicing thanksgiving throughout this month, check out this article by Mary Ann Brussat titled, “Ways To Practice Thanks-giving“.