Thanksgiving Message from Rev. Jim Bass
Thu, November 19, 2020
Friendswood Methodist Family:
Next Thursday many of us will gather with family and friends to celebrate our national holiday of Thanksgiving. At first, we might not think we have much to be thankful for this year. But Scripture reminds us that as people of faith, we don’t just give thanks to God when all is well, we also give thanks when life is difficult. The COVID pandemic has changed our lives, and may even change the way we celebrate Thanksgiving.
This year, more than any other, we should stop and give thanks to the Lord who has never left us and will see us through these difficult days. I am reminded of what the Apostle Paul said to the Philippians who were going through their own hardships. He writes:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4.4-7)
Paul encourages them not to be anxious or worried about the troubles of life, but instead to rejoice in the Lord, and always give thanks to Him. What can you give thanks to the Lord for this year? Can you give thanks when you are anxious about your life? Have you allowed those anxieties to overtake you and take away your joy? Instead, Paul reminds us to give thanks. Give thanks for the Lord’s goodness, and his promise to be with us no matter what troubles we may face.
And notice what Paul says will follow when we give thanks: peace; specifically, God’s peace. Peace that is beyond human understanding and reason. It is peace that flows from the presence and power of Jesus who lives in us.
So, if we have anxious hearts this year as we gather with our family and friends, remember to give thanks to the Lord. Give the Lord your worries and receive his peace.