Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Dearly beloved in Christ,
We are anticipating the arrival of the Thanksgiving Holiday which is now less than a month away. We are looking forward to gather with family and friends to share in the annual Thanks-giving feast. God has truly blessed us with more than we deserve. There may be some unnoticed and unacknowledged blessings in our life. Let us remember to thank God for all our blessings.
Johnson Oatman, Jr was born April 21, 1856 in New Jersey to a devout Christian family. As a boy, he used to sit by his father for hours singing great hymns of the church. Later he joined in Seminary and became a minister. By his own admission, he was a failure in preaching. He wants to do something other than preaching. Instead of counting failures, Johnson tried to count God’s blessings upon him. Thus he wrote his most beloved hymn of all
“Count your blessings; name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!”
(And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.)
It is wrong to limit our thanksgiving to a single day.
The famous English writer and social critic Charles Dickens once made the observation that many people set aside only one day in the year to give thanks to God. He suggested that it would be better to set aside one day for complaining and to use remaining 364 days for giving thanks. If we were to do this we would be happier and our home would be a better place. Thanksgiving must be expressed through our entire being; through our words, through regular worship, through our offerings, through our deeds of love and service to the community.
As your Vicar, I am thankful for your commitment to discipleship which includes your presence, prayers and support of our parish. Let us continue to thank God by sharing His blessings with others.
Everyday should be Thanksgiving Day.
God bless us!
Rev. Reni K Abraham