Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 100 reminds me that thanksgiving is the entry to God’s “gates” and what opens access to the presence of God. Giving thanks and praise is like a key that opens the way for us to enjoy God’s presence and blessings more and more.
Someone once told me that before God will trust us with more, we need to be trustworthy with what we have. That begins with recognizing that everything good we have comes from God, is given to us to steward (manage) well on God’s behalf, to use faithfully according to God’s Word.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.” (1 Thess 5)
We can rejoice and give thanks even in times of uncertainty because we know our God is good and is working in all things for good. Thanksgiving shifts our focus from what we lack and opens our eyes to what God is already providing.
I am so thankful to be serving as pastor of Nameoki UMC. Nameoki UMC is a wonderful church family, faithful to worshiping God, committed to one another and to serving in the church and community, loving and kind and appreciative to all. I am so grateful for the ways everyone serves and for the positive, cheerful witness and invitation I hear extended in the community. It is truly a privilege to serve as your pastor! Thank you for your love and support! I am so excited to see what God is doing and eagerly looking forward to the wonderful things God has in store for the coming year!