Gratitude Always

By Kristen Johnson

It’s the time of year when my congregation works on “pledges” and planning for our financial year. We spend the month of October discussing what our congregation has done in the past fiscal year and what we plan to do in the next year and how we can grow our ministries to serve as many people as possible. Generally speaking, people don’t like the “pass the plate” talk – but I find it a very uplifting time. What’s not to celebrate, when we think about ways we can serve our local community?

Today’s sermon, in particular, was incredibly meaningful. My pastor talked about her two lifelong companions – “me first” and “gratitude.” Both of these people follow us throughout our lives, but we of course need to follow gratitude and skip me-first. On days of tragedy, job loss, physical pain, depression, and many other ways, we may choose to follow “me first” instead of “gratitude.” But, we are required, as followers of Jesus, to choose gratitude. Some days, it certainly feels easier said than done, but I guess that’s why we need to continue to depend on God, always.

Psalm 105:1 (NRSV): O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples.

Serve all with love.

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