A very happy thanksgiving to all!
What are you thankful for? How often do we ask ourselves that question?
Thankfulness is a feeling or expression of gratitude. It means we’re appreciative of what we have been given, or the people in our lives, or the situations we find ourselves in. When I think of my church family, a few things come to mind that I am thankful for:
- I am thankful for an amazing group of volunteers who have poured in hours and hours to this place called Emmanuel. When I think of the building project, I think of the building committee, the church board, carpenters, electricians, painters, carpet layers, graphic designers, and I think of the sacrifice they have made to make this place special for future generations. When I think of our ministry programs and Sunday morning celebrations, I think of nursery workers, Sunday School teachers, ushers, greeters, set-up teams, sound technicians, media personnel, worship leaders and musicians, coffee bar staff, info desk helpers, youth volunteers, small groups leaders… the list goes on. I am so thankful for a church that journeys well together.
- I am thankful for the great gift our church staff is to me. I am thankful that it is a joy to come into work each day, share life together, dream together, pray together, and share the burden together. Working in a church is a unique experience. Staff becomes family on so many levels.
- I am thankful for my family, for my wife and my four kids, for the ways they bring purpose and focus to my life, for the gift of their uniqueness’s, and the joy that their presence brings me.
And the list can go on! I am thankful for God’s presence in my life, for the gift of being born and raised in Canada, for the beauty of the Okanagan, for chocolate, and for hockey, and for laughter, and music, and fresh air and pizza, and peach pie…
You know, all this thankfulness would put anyone in a great mood. Studies have shown that thankfulness is directly related to our health. I encourage you on this Thanksgiving weekend to take some time to write out what you are thankful for. It could be a life changing, and mood-altering , God-encountering experience!