From John’s Desk

Posted by Kim McDonald, Category: Announcements, Church News, From John's Desk,

The ABC’s of Trials by Unknown

Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain,
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame.
Even when the times are hard,
Fierce winds are bound to blow;
God is forever able—
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love;
Joy would cease to be.
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee.
Move out of “Camp Complaining”—
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone.
Quit looking at the future,
Redeem the time at hand.
Start every day with worship;
To “thank” is a command.
Until we see Him coming,
Victorious in the sky,
We’ll run the race with gratitude,
EXalting God most high.
Yes, there’ll be good times; and, yes, some will be bad, but…
Zion waits in glory…where none are ever sad!

This weekend I read that many of the student protesters at the University of Missouri were upset that the terrorist attacks in France had taken away their media coverage. Such a selfish, immature, insensitive and ungrateful attitude has, unfortunately, become emblematic of our culture. We have become a society who seems to seek victimhood, which desires to be offended and has no clue what it means to be truly thankful. What a shame.

Of course, as in all things, Christians should set a better example than the world and that is certainly the case when it comes to being thankful. We recognize that God is the source of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17) and that all spiritual blessings come through Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). Christians also know that blessings come in every shape and size and it sometimes takes us awhile to see the blessings in some things. But, we know and have faith that the blessing is always there, and for that we give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV).

This Sunday morning we will strive to enter in His gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4) and, as we do, we will see that there are many reasons for us to be truly thankful.

May our example of joy, gladness, praise, love and thanksgiving in all circumstances be an example to the ungrateful that we see all around us on a daily basis. In our attitude of gratitude, may the world see in us the light and love of Christ.