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Pastor’s Corner Rev. Gideon Gallo, pastor, Gladbrook United Methodist Church Gladbrook, Iowa-What Are You Thankful For?

November 21, 2018
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2  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 3  For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. Thanksgiving-a day, an attitude, or the reflection of the heart? It can be all three or it can be summed up with this question: What Am I Thankful For? What Are You Thankful For? The custom of a special day, or period of thanksgiving, is an old one, first inaugurated by God Himself, as He instructed ancient Israel to set aside an entire week of celebrations in gratitude for the harvest He has provided. Known as the Feast of the Harvest, it was a time of rejoicing and giving thanks for the rains and the sunshine which brought the harvest. Before the people celebrated, some of the grain from the harvest was brought to the tabernacle and presented to God with singing and rejoicing (Leviticus 23:9-14). The event was corporate. Yet it was personal, as everyone reflected on the source of his or her personal blessings in life. One of the chief benefits was that life came to a grinding halt. People had time to reflect on the source of their blessings, as they stopped what they normally did, and turned their thoughts towards God. In our time, we have seen massive migration to the city. Lost is the sense of closeness to the earth, the freshness of newly-turned soil, the smell of summer rain, and the bountiful aroma of the harvest at the end of the growing season. I must admit, I am now missing the smell of the corns and the soybeans. With this massive migration to the city, we are becoming thankless people. Ingratitude is often linked to the sin of business, even more than the sin of indifference. It is the result of our failing to take time to count our blessings and to ponder on what we are thankful for. There is much in life which brings hardship and pain, yet thanksgiving does not reflect on what is wrong in our lives and the world; rather it focuses on what is right in a broken, imperfect world. For God’s blessings-not on our own failures-we give thanks


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