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Giving Thanks

Rudyard Kipling was a great writer and poet whose works have been enjoyed by many people. Unlike many of the old writers, Kipling was one of the few who had the opportunity to enjoy his success while still living. He also made a great deal of money at his trade. One day a newspaper reporter approached him and said, “Mr. Kipling, I just read that somebody calculated that the money you make from your writings amounts to just over a hundred dollars a word.” Kipling raised his eyebrows and replied, “Really? I certainly wasn’t aware of that.”

Then the reporter cynically reached down into his pocket, pulled out a hundred dollar bill, gave it to Kipling, and said, “Here’s a hundred dollar bill, Mr. Kipling. Now give me one of your hundred dollar words.” Kipling looked at the hundred dollar bill for a moment, took it, folded it up, put it in his pocket and said, “Thanks!”

And do you know what? Kipling was right! The word “thanks” is certainly a hundred dollar word. In fact, you might say it is more like a “million dollar” word. It’s one word that is too seldom heard and too rarely spoken and too often forgotten. If we would all adopt an attitude of gratitude (an attitude of thanksgiving) into our lives, just think about how our lives might be changed.

As Christians we are to be thankful for all that we receive- our material possessions, our health, our families, our friends....all that we have. But true Christian thanksgiving is more than simply acknowledging the gift. It is also acknowledging, pointing to, and praising (out of thanksgiving and in word and action) the Person who gives simply because of who He is- a loving, caring, and gracious God whom we can come to know and experience in Jesus Christ- “Praise God from who all blessings flow...”

I hope and pray that when you and yours are gathered together on Thanksgiving Day, you will take the time to (not only give thanks for the many ways in which God has blessed you in this past year) but to reflect upon Him and who He is and to reflect upon His greatest blessing of all- the new life that is ours through faith in His Son Jesus.

And please join us Thanksgiving Eve (November 21st) at 7 PM as our good friends at Aldersgate United Methodist Church host our annual Community Thanksgiving service. Six churches will be participating in the service this year including: Aldersgate United Methodist, Riverside Baptist, East Coast Gospel Light House, St. James Holiness, Firm Foundation, and , of course, St. Peter’s. The music will be provided by a choir made up of individuals from all these congregations. The preacher will be Pastor Fred Williams of Riverside Baptist. Following the service, a reception will be held in the social hall. It promises to be wonderful evening of worship, praise, and thanksgiving. Why not invite your friends and neighbors?

Peace and Love,
John+