Grace United Methodist Church
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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Paul Hahm

Hello Friends,
 

We are in the season of giving thanks. I find that practicing gratitude is like having momentum: If you’re at a standstill it’s hard to get started but once you get moving it’s easier to stay moving. Gratitude is more than making a list of things we should be thankful for, it’s a conscientious attitude of gratitude. So the question isn’t “what I am I thankful for” it’s “am I thankful person?”

In Romans 8, the Apostle writes: “If God is for us, who is against us? Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Thankful people implicitly believe that they have the favor of God, that every challenge is an opportunity, every material resource is a gift, and that they are loved no matter what happens. Cultivating such an attitude takes time, practice, and prayer. Make this your prayer today, “God, help me to become a thankful person that lives in your love and rooted in trust today. Amen.”

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Paul