This Is the Day

OSLC Connection 11-27

A message from Pastor Maria

While driving the other day, I saw a sign:

THANKSGIVING 2020?:
YEAH… GIVE THANKS ANYWAY

I appreciated that! Like many people, you may not be feeling particularly thankful on Thanksgiving weekend this year, and that’s fair. Hospitals are full, we weren’t able to gather for Thanksgiving dinner the way we did last year…it’s easy to get down about things right now.

But in the midst of our lament, we hear the words of Psalm 118:24:“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

When we remember that this is the day the Lord has made, we realize there are things to be thankful for. The sun came up today! That’s something to be thankful for! You woke up today! That’s something to be thankful for!

When we’re thankful, when we’re mindful of being grateful, it makes us happier – more joyful. I know I’ve said that before, but it bears repeating as we’re in these dark days of the pandemic and holidays are different than we’re used to.

So if you do this only for this week, or for a few days, or if you decide you want to do this through the end of 2020, spend time each day writing down three things you’re grateful for.

Here’s what I wrote down on Wednesday:-I’m thankful that I’ll be baking a pumpkin pie with my daughter later today.-I’m grateful that I can join all of you for worship online.-And I’m grateful that my husband got us a box of nut-free candy bars from Canada! (The kids are allergic, so there is much rejoicing in our house.)

What are three things you’re grateful for today? Write them on post-it notes and stick them on your fridge, or your bathroom mirror, or a wall in your house. Or write them in a notebook and turn it into a gratitude journal.

They don’t have to be big things – thinking of the little things and being thankful for them makes a difference! And remember to tell God thank you. It doesn’t have to be a fancy prayer with lots of words. A simple, “Thank you, God,” works!

And on this Thanksgiving weekend, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. Advent begins this Sunday, giving us one more thing to be grateful for: the gift of a Savior. May the light of Christ’s love shine into any darkness you’re feeling, and fill your heart with peace.

~Pastor Maria