Pastor Wayne Derber

Phone:   815-570-2088 (home)   815-508-3435 (cell)

Email:   wlderber@gmail.com

 

“Give Thanks in all Circumstances”

“… give thanks in all circumstances…” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Dear Friend,

            “What if the only things you had today were what you gave thanks for yesterday?”  If this statement was true, most of us would probably have little or nothing today.  So often we take people and things for granted and often do not give thanks to God for them.

            We certainly have much for which we should offer God our thanks.  In The Small Catechism, Martin Luther states that we should thank God because “he provides me with food and clothing, home and family, daily work, and all I need from day to day.”

            On Thanksgiving Day many of us will gather with family or friends and give thanks for the abundant blessings of this past year.  But in his first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul encourages us to “give thanks in all circumstances.”  Every day should be a Thanksgiving Day!

            Even when we are going through very difficult times, there are always plenty of blessings for which we should give thanks to God.  Should we give thanks when we are doing well?  Yes.  Should we give thanks when we are dealing with health problems?  Yes.  Should we give thanks when we are struggling with work issues?  Yes.  Should we give thanks when we are dealing with conflicts with other people?  Yes.  Should we give thanks when we are grieving?  Yes.  Should we give thanks when we are having financial problems?  Yes.  Should we give thanks when we are discouraged?  Yes.  The Bible tells us that we are to “give thanks in all circumstances!”

 

In Christ,   Pastor Wayne