On Being Thankfull

rambling on logo for newsletterSunday night, previous to the observance of the Lord’s Supper we spent some time sharing what we were thankful for this year. It was a precious time.

I’m sure at first some might have thought this was a kind of grade school assignment given on your first day back from vacation. Yet when I then phrased it in terms of an offering to God, others assumed I was asking for a financial gift and came prepared with their checkbook in hand.

However when we actually started offering up to God our testimonies of Thanksgiving everyone seemed to be on the same page. For almost an hour and a half, one by one, we offered up sacrifices of praise to the Lord.

I must say that this was one of the most meaningful services of worship that I have attended. So many came prepared and took the risk of sharing aloud. We encouraged each other with our words and tears. We gathered close together as a family would at the dinner table for a meal. How appropriate for an observance of the Lord’s Supper. In addition, we gave thanks even in the midst of sadness, challenges, and differences.

Thanksgiving is not waiting for the perfect circumstances to be thankful.

Thanksgiving is being thankful especially when the circumstances aren’t perfect.

Thank you for making Sunday Night’s worship so meaningful and such a blessing.

We labor Together With God, Wes

Christmas: Looking Forward To Or Forward Through?

rambling on logo for newsletterChristmas seems to appear every year about this time. Yet it’s appearance arrives earlier and earlier. How can that be? Are you looking forward to Christmas or looking forward through Christmas? Ron Edmondson writes of 7 suggestions to make this the best Christmas ever: (www.tinyurl.com/trc-christmas)

Set a limit on expenditures: Something happens when Christmas becomes more about the value of the gifts than the value of the season.

Set boundaries in relationships: Don’t let family determine your Christmas schedule. As much as possible, control your schedule rather than having it controlled by others.

Plan and prioritize your time: Create a time budget. Set aside some time for you to celebrate Christmas as an immediate family.

Lower your expectations: That you have on others and on yourself. Remember, every family is quirky in some way.

Practice health disciplines: You’ll feel better and have less regrets after the holidays have ended.

Serve others: Find and establish a Christmas tradition of service.

Remember the reason for the season: Jesus — the reason for the season. It’s simple — even cliché, but, it’s true and it’s powerful — if you do it genuinely

We labor Together With God, Wes