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c74ce124892487cbb0501305f64181b3Normally in my weekly writing I will challenge us to think about some issue. 

Often times some issue that reflects upon us as the Church but also transcends into society as a whole.  An issue where we may sometimes struggle and need to consider our focus and outlook and manner of conduct.

I don’t have any big lead-in or sports analogy this time around. 

Thankfulness is a simple enough subject and concept.  

Yet, if we’re honest, we would probably just about all admit we aren’t as thankful as we should be.  That we take things for granted.  That we get caught up in the worries and busyness of life and think much more about the things we need or want to do or to have, and urgently so, and don’t think much on those things that we already have or have been done.

Of course, it is cliché to bring up such thoughts during this season.  Of course, we’re supposed to step back from the hustle and bustle and travails of life and take a moment to be thankful.  Of course, we should have an attitude and outlook of being more thankful in our spirits throughout the whole year, not just during this one week when the calendar tells us to do so.

But often times we don’t.  We rely on this one week to give a breather of grateful reflection to our souls.  So let’s not let this opportunity pass.  We can always try to reconfigure ourselves moving forward.  To try to be more intentional in being thankful and grateful in our hearts and minds and demeanors.  Taking the moment now to be thankful can only help our endeavors.

I am thankful for my family.  I am thankful that God has provided for the needs of myself and my wife and children.  I am thankful for a church where the Gospel and Word of God are preached and many in need of help are reached out to.  I am thankful to live in a country, despite its problems, where I am free to live and worship and make decisions for myself that fall within reasonable means.  I am thankful for this odd and unique community here at the Phoenix Preacher blog.  And I am thankful that despite going through some dismal seasons, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for my Phillies and my other pro teams. 🙂

Above all, I am thankful for a Savior. 

That no matter how good or how hard life may be or become, I know that I am His.  And by no incapable effort of my own and only by His grace, the promise to be His child will be for an eternity.  For this, I can never be grateful enough.      

  13 Responses to “Kevin’s Conversations: A Word of Thanks”

  1. Thank you Kevin for a great lead into Thanksgiving.

  2. Amen. Thank you Kevin…. indeed. We do have so very much to continually thank God for…

  3. as parents, we attempt to teach our children thankfulness at a young age – how many of us have told our kids “say thank you” after they are given something ?
    but, and i ask this in all sincerity, when Jesus taught the Lord’s prayer as recorded in Luke and Matthew, and as Jean recently finished teaching on, thankfulness is not specifically called for – praise, request for provision, request for forgiveness, request to lead us, and a request to protect us, are all there, but thankfulness ? why do you think this is so ? i know that when i pray this prayer, it is with a heart of thankfulness, but why didn’t God make it a part of how we converse with Him ?

  4. richard,

    There are plenty of other Scriptures where we are told we should be thankful, including in prayer. Why Jesus didn’t include thankfulness in the Lord’s prayer, I couldn’t tell you.

  5. Thanks, Jean, and Paige.

  6. “I am thankful for this odd and unique community here at the Phoenix Preacher blog.”

    AND… For Michael and Kevin…

  7. Thanks, Duane.

    We all make up this place, and it wouldn’t be the same without any one of us. And you certainly have made your own significant contributions with your writing.

  8. Thank you Kevin.

    Something that has caused me to be more thankful has been taking my mom to play bingo with other seniors. Many if not most of them are dealing with very serious medical and financial issues. They come together to find company. Yet you never hear them complaining about is going on. Instead they pay a quarter a card and if they win a game they go to a table to get their prize. It’s usually stuff from the 99 cent store or similar and they’re happy to win.

    I know many here reach out and work with the less fortunate among us. It has a way of putting things into perspective.

  9. Amen, Kevin….we have so much to be thankful for. We recently visited a 3rd world country–they are joyful and thankful, even without what we have (running water & sanitation, the basics of homelife). We have so much and we have so much to be grateful for…

  10. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess 5:16-18)

    Our Father is a good and loving God. Understanding how God works salvation for His children, we are taught to thank God “in all circumstances.” This includes both the times when he raises us up and the times when he brings us down. He works all things for our good.

    It is a serious mistake to either (1) only thank him when we perceive God blessing us, or (2) perceive hard times as God’s displeasure with us. We should thank him in all circumstances, not because we are supposed to pretend we are not suffering or that “things could always be worse”, but because (as Joseph told his brothers) what we might think of as God’s wrath or not caring actually is God working for your salvation.

    “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

    Unfortunately, the prosperity Gospel and Pentecostalism is so prevalent in America, that the Gospel is obscured almost beyond recognition.

  11. “Yet, if we’re honest, we would probably just about all admit we aren’t as thankful as we should be. That we take things for granted.”

    It is why I seek absolution.I think giving thanks may be more of a function of vocation than the words spoken. I show thanks to God by serving neighbor.

    But as the family rabbi, I am sure that tomorrow over dinner, I will be the one called on to give thanks.

  12. HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! Hope your day is full of joy.

  13. “I am thankful for this odd and unique community here at the Phoenix Preacher blog.” Well, Michael reminds us that God’s people are a peculiar people. 🙂 Thank you for being a part of us!

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