Barbara Ann Kipfer began keeping a list of her favorite things as a teenager. It was such a habit that she saw good things in everything and everywhere she went. She would see things eating breakfast or riding the bus. She would keep a notebook at the side of her bed and think of things in the middle of the night. Twenty years later and dozens and dozens of notebooks later she published a book entitled, 14,000 Things to be Happy About.
The Bible says, “…always giving thanks to God in everything, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:2o) As we approach the Thanksgiving celebration it is a good idea to approach the celebration with optimism and with a positive attitude. We can give thanks for everything – even the trials that we go through. How? The child of God needs to remember that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and resurrection from the dead has made you sure of God’s love. He gives the benefits unconditionally. He gives the benefits because he loves you. Because he loves you, all he does shows he loves you even when he tests you and puts you through trials. There are lessons he wants us to learn. I can’t tell you what they always are. He simply asks you to believe it.
The apostle Paul went through all kinds of trials. He was imprisoned, he was beaten, and he was in shipwrecks and a whole lot more. One thing he knew without fail. God loved him. The proof was the cross and the grave on which Jesus died and rose.
Count your blessings! We invite you to our Thanksgiving service on Wednesday evening November 26th at 7:30 PM.
Pastor Larry Zahn