Pulpit Reflections

Pulpit Reflections
Last night at the community Thanksgiving worship service, the children in the combined choir were asked, "What are you thankful for?" They gave us a wide variety of things for which they were thankful.

Some of the answers were very serious and some were silly. But the answers the children gave all were heartfelt and to all the things for which they were thankful I would add a thanks of my own � a thanks for the precious children of Vermillion.

But the question "What are you thankful for?" is a good one for all of us to ask. I know this is what we are supposed to do as we gather around the table for the Thanksgiving holiday feast and I am sure many of you did that yesterday. Yet maybe we need to have Thanksgiving more than just once a year, so we remember to give thanks more often. Giving thanks seems to be a lost art in this world.

I know there are many things for which I am thankful. Besides the usual list of family and friends, health and career, freedom and comfort, there are some other thanks that occur to me this year. I am thankful that God has given us the ability to express our thanks to God by the lives we live. I am thankful that the word Thanksgiving reminds us that thanking God means giving of ourselves � our time, our talents, and yes even our money.

I am thankful that there are so many opportunities for us to give in Vermillion. I am thankful that there are places for us to volunteer to serve God and others by being baseball coaches and working at the Welcome Table and displaying red paper chains for AIDS Awareness Day and donating food to the Food Pantry and clothes to the Civic Council and helping at Sharing the Dream and the list goes on and on.

But above all, I am thankful this Thanksgiving that "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." For that love and that Savior, I give thanks.

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