Are we a thankful people?

Thankful People blog picDevote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2

This week we celebrate a holiday that is supposed to make us pause and reflect on all the things for which we are thankful. But when Christmas items are on display in stores the moment the Halloween items are taken down, Thanksgiving is reduced to merely a footnote—a day most of us don’t have to work, a day to visit with family and eat ourselves into a food coma. As followers of Christ, is that really the extent of our thankfulness?

Colossians 4:2 reminds us of a way to make giving thanks a way of life. First, we are to be devoted to prayer. Scriptures all through Old and New Testaments attest to the power of prayer and the importance of deep, regular time spent with God through prayer. Simply knowing that we are invited into the presence of the King of all creation, the God of the Angel Armies, the Provider and the Defender, is a reason to be thankful and yet we also have the amazing privilege of calling him Father. The more time we spend with him in prayer, the more we become like him with new eyes, new ears, new hearts and new attitudes. Second, we are to be watchful, not simply watching world events and people pass by, but looking for and noticing God’s hand at work in all things even when we are scared, lonely and hurting.

When we are truly devoted to prayer and looking for and noticing God’s hand at work in all things, we can’t help but be thankful that we are in his care. In fact, our thanks will overflow so that one day of giving thanks will never be enough. We will be thankful people, children of God set apart in this world of greed.
By Rev. Sarah Fotopulos, Associate Pastor