I want to say thank you for all the cards, gift cards, and gifts you gave me and my family for pastor appreciation month. You are a blessing to us, and it is my joy to serve as your pastor. Your generosity has been a great encouragement. You have been a great source of inspiration since the first day I became your pastor. I know that God has great things in store for us as we serve together in the years to come.
You are one of the many things I am thankful for over the last year. I am also thankful God continues to bless my family as we adjust to being New Mexicans. We are falling in love with this beautiful state and the great people we meet every day. I know Jesus loves them even more than I could and desires to have a relationship with them. This is motivation to me to continue to be the light of Jesus every day.
As we approach Thanksgiving, we are reminded of all we have to be thankful for. Having an attitude of thankfulness to God is more than just a list of good things that have happened to us. Thankfulness is seeing God at work in our lives through both the good and bad. Paul told the Philippians, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Being thankful is imperative in our ability to find peace when things are not going as we hoped. Being a Christian does not guarantee us a perfect life, free of problems. However, as Christians we are guaranteed peace in the middle of the problems. No matter what you are going through in your life right now I challenge you to get out a piece of paper and write down all the things you have to be thankful for. Then give the hard and difficult things into the hands of our God who is the giver of every good gift. You will find a peace which surpasses allunderstanding.