Dear Church Family,
I want to express to you my gratitude and thanks for all the expressions of love and appreciation shown to me this past month. I am so blessed to be able to serve you as pastor and a part of your church family. Thanks for the gifts and expres-sions of love shown during this past month and also for all the expressions of love shown to me over the past months in the loss of Debbie. You all have been a great support and encouragement to me.
Gratitude is a word used to express thankfulness and praise. Having a general attitude of thanksgiving in both the trials and blessings of life should distinguish us as a Christian. The apostle Paul exhorts us in Scripture to give thanks for all things, in all circumstances (Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18), even in suf-fering (Romans 5:3-5; James 1:1-4), and to do everything in the name of Jesus out of a spirit of gratitude (Colossians 3:17). On the other hand, thanklessness marks us godless and we are suppressing the truth about God says Romans 1:18-21.
So, as believers, we can have peace and joy through prayer and gratitude. When we pray and give thanks to God, even when it's hard to, we are promised to be given grace and faith. There are over 70 different references in Scripture of the necessity of being thankful and grateful in our heart. Having gratitude brings us to contentment and joy in life.
So, during this season let us reflect and give God the thanks and praise that He so richly deserves.
In Christ’s love,