2 Thessalonians 1:3
3 We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters,[a] as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
Gratitude is a powerful thing; any time and all of the time. On Mother’s Day I can imagine how many of you expressed gratitude to your mothers or to a special person in your life who has offered you love. I can imagine the number of mothers who expressed gratitude for meals prepared, flowers purchased, special phone calls and the privilege of being a parent. On Mother’s Day is somehow feels easier to express our gratitude.
And yet, Monday morning there will still be so much for which we can be grateful.
I cannot tell you how many times over the last several weeks I have heard mental health experts talk about the importance of finding things to be grateful for each day as we are part of the COVID crisis that has hit our world. They teach that when we express our gratitude we find reason for hope and somehow the challenges seem less overwhelming. Our faith teaches us that expressing our gratitude reminds us of God’s presence.
Someone I heard on the radio today suggested beginning your day with a list of ten things for which you are grateful. If that seems daunting – start with one and celebrate that one.
Why did I decide to write about gratitude today? Because as I went to worship at Trinity yesterday (yes, in my pajamas!!!) I was so impressed by how many people came together to share in worship. That got me thinking of the number of people who are doing things every day to not only keep the church running smoothly, but also to reach out beyond Trinity’s doors. The staff team continues to be creative and committed – so much is happening behind the scenes. Our tech team is SO dedicated. The Leadership team and committees are keeping tabs on where things are and how Trinity can respond. The prayer group is active and lifting up names. Financial support continues to flow. Every day people are reaching out to one another in some way.
You are being the Church in the world and that is seen in how you love one another and love those whom Jesus loves. It is seen in your actions and your interactions. Thank you. Thank YOU for all that you do and for the ways that you are living out your faith.
Today I give thank to God FOR you and for the ways that you are the Living Church in the world.
God, each day love is increasing as your people actively and intentionally live out love. Today I thank you for the Trinity community and for the many ways they are your Church. I thank you for their creativity and commitment, for their faithfulness and their joy. Bless them, O God, that they might continue to be a blessing in your world. Amen.
To Listen and Sing