In my prayer life, at Harvest time, I have no problem in giving God thanks before I say anything else to Him.
His creation is so positively awesome that it inspires me to acknowledge his greatness and thank him for the beauty that surrounds us all. The fruits and vegetables that are being harvested, the wonderful colours of the trees, the gorgeous blue of the autumn sky, are all encouraging signs that we have a God who deserves our praise and our thanksgiving. But, do we take them all for granted? Are we too busy just to stop, look around, and give thanks to God?
The answers to those questions lie in our hearts, and I am as guilty as anyone else in saying ‘yes’ to them. But, you know, thanksgiving really should be a way of life. It should be the starting place in our prayers and in our relationship with God. It should be our guide throughout our lives for thanksgiving breaks us free of greed and opens up possibilities of compassion.
As a result of our stopping in our hurried lives to give thanks, we turn our attention to God and then to others. We become better Christians and witnesses to God’s love as shown us in His creating a perfect world for us in which to live and by sending his son Jesus Christ to that world as the supreme example of his love.
Please join us at All Saints as we celebrate all of God’s gifts to us on Sunday October 13th at 8:00am, 9:30am and 11:00am.
With thanksgiving to God for each of you,
the Rev. Geoff Lloyd