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Daily Devotional November 4th
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Have you noticed? The coronavirus has caused a second, though potentially more harmful, pandemic. It too threatens our well-being, but rather than manifesting itself in physical symptoms only, this pandemic threatens all domains of a person–physical, emotional, social and spiritual. What is this insidious pandemic that we are all threatened by? Thankfulness...or rather the lack of! Many these days are overcome by tiredness, stress, fear, anxiety, impatience...and the cure is often so simple. While thankfulness cannot solve many of today’s problems, a fresh perspective can help dig us out of the pit into which many of us have sank. We need to follow through on the apostle’s prescription...‘be thankful in all circumstances.’
So, here’s my challenge. For the next week think of three things each day for which you are truly grateful. Here’s my list this morning...
• I am truly thankful for an absolutely gorgeous sunset last night with its promise of a beautiful day (you know the saying, “Red sky at night sailor’s delight!”). If you happened to catch it, you could not but be in awe...I am truly sorry for those of you who did not have a chance to enjoy God’s beautifully painted mural last evening.
• I am truly thankful for the sunshine that is beaming through my window this morning as I type this devotional...and for the amazingly warm temperature we’re currently enjoying today. It is one of those rare fall days that reminds us of summer...I could be wearing my flip flops!
• I am truly thankful for a good sleep last night...indicators that I had a roof over my head and a warm bed to sleep in, a contented stomach and a mind at peace.
Now, it’s your turn. Thankfulness won’t solve all your problems, but I promise that a change in perspective can go a long way in improving your overall health–physical, emotional, social and spiritual! ...and just in case you’re wondering, I am also truly thankful for all of you. I pray that God will continue to provide me with the means to continue to encourage you in the days to come. We aren’t all in the same boat, but together, and with God’s help, we will get through these days. Let’s work to end this day with a greater level of thankfulness then with what we began it!
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!