As we enter the holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving, I can’t help but reflect on all of the gifts and blessings I have had showered upon me by the Lord… the spectacular setting in which we live, work, and play, the church that we’ve been blessed with, jobs, health, etc. Even when things do not go according to my hopes and plans all I have to do is look around to truly appreciate the blessings bestowed upon me.
Many of us involved with the various ministries in our church are given an opportunity to see firsthand how blessed we actually are. Food bank volunteers, benevolence committee and other outreach ministries come face-to-face with people who are in real need. We get an opportunity to say “there but by the grace of God go I.”
We should look at our gifts and be truly grateful throughout the year, not just at Thanksgiving time. We get caught up in our day-to-day lives and sometimes forget. Living in gratitude is a blessing itself. Of course, the main thing as a Christian to be thankful for is that we have been forgiven, granted eternal salvation and a place in heaven.
Mike Kermode, Food Bank Director