Giv­ing thanks never ends

The Amherst News - - RELIGION - By Rev. Char­lotte Ross Christ Church, Amherst

Here we are the end of Oc­to­ber and God con­tin­ues to give us such beau­ti­ful au­tumn weather and the priv­i­lege of be­ing able to en­joy the warm sun and the gor­geous fall colours just a lit­tle longer.

The Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day week­end has left us three weeks ago but is that the end of our thanks­giv­ing? I don’t think so and many of you will agree.

God is so good to each of us in so many ways. The op­por­tu­nity of liv­ing in Nova Sco­tia where there is a more re­laxed way of life, good air to breath, ex­cel­lent wa­ter and farm­land and wood­lands a plenty. We need to be thank­ful.

But do we take the time to give thanks to God? The act of giv­ing thanks to God is the ac­knowl­edge­ment of the gifts God has given each one of us.

The act of giv­ing thanks is our re­sponse to God. Giv­ing thanks keeps us in right re­la­tion­ship with God, be­cause by it we prac­tice again and again liv­ing into the re­al­ity that we are not the prime movers of our own lives. We are sim­ply the re­spon­dents.

In these com­pli­cated times in our world and in our own per­sonal life, it is not al­ways easy to feel thank­ful and to show that thank­ful­ness in the way each of us lives and re­sponds to each other. But we need to give thanks to God for the many good things in our lives. Look around you, your friends and fam­ily, the laugh­ter of chil­dren, the good pro­duce that has been har­vested, the beau­ti­ful sun­sets and so many other op­por­tu­ni­ties for each of us to thank God.

Yes au­tumn is a time we nat­u­rally grav­i­tate to be thank­ful, but all year, in ev­ery­thing we do, and say, our hymn of thanks in or­di­nary things, needs to be heard. Does this mean that we will never face dif­fi­cult times, times of ill­ness, loss of a loved one, break­ing up of a mar­riage, loss of a job? Def­i­nitely not but giv­ing thanks on a reg­u­lar ba­sis makes the dif­fi­cult times of our lives more bear­able and per­haps even more man­age­able.

Take that time. Give thanks to God and your life will be more com­plete.

“In these com­pli­cated times in our world and in our own per­sonal life, it is not al­ways easy to feel thank­ful and to show that thank­ful­ness in the way each of us lives and re­sponds to each other. But we need to give thanks to God for the many good things in our lives.”

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