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  • Writer's pictureBy Pastor Andy Plank

Thanksgiving is a lifestyle

November 22, 2020

2020 has been something hasn’t she? What with the great toilet paper shortage, murder hornets, ‘Rona, hurricanes, mask mandates, church service postponements, hurricanes, wildfires, elections, and now, the great toilet paper shortage part two, (and these are just some of just the public situations we have had to deal with this year, not including personal challenges). There is no doubt about it, 2020 has been a year to remember, that’s for sure. As we think about our present circumstances, I want to bring an emotion to your mind that might be buried pretty deep in your mind right this minute. As a matter of fact, for many of us, we may have to get out a shovel and dig for a while to find it. What we are digging for is the emotion of thanksgiving. Yes, you read that right, thanksgiving. As you read that, you might be thinking, “What in the world do I have to be thankful for? After all, our country is divided, seemingly beyond repair. If I go to Nashville, the mayor may suddenly impose another quarantine and I will be stuck there until 2030 or until the cows come home, whichever occurs first. For a whole myriad of reasons, a lot of my family won’t be around the table for thanksgiving dinner this year, and you are telling me I am supposed to be thankful?” Yes, you should, and so should I. Thanksgiving is so much more than an emotion, it is an attitude. Well really, it is more than an attitude. Thanksgiving is also a lifestyle. It is a lifestyle especially for Christ followers. Think about it. We may have endured a lot this year. In fact, we may have even lost a lot this year, but you know what? Here we are, still kicking. God has taken us by the hand and led us through this year. We might have lost a lot, but we haven’t lost the most important things. We have our relationship with Jesus Christ, our relationship with others, and we still have an opportunity to make an impact on our community and our world. In spite of all the chaos, God is still on His throne. So, do me a favor and do yourself a favor. First, breathe. Second, remember, The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not need for anything, and that is enough. Be blessed and be a blessing…Bro. Andy

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