It is that time of year when we start looking forward to the holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving. We look forward to being with family and friends, enjoying the comradery of sharing memories and enjoying meals together.
Many of us ride a roller coaster of emotions during this time. Sometimes it is easy to think of all the things to be grateful for and other times, it is not so easy. For some our lack of peace comes from being so “busy” that we feel we cannot take the time to find peace. For others it is a time of feeling lonely and forgotten, and yet for others it is dealing with memories that leave us empty and forlorn.
We can find hope and peace in scripture during this time. Two books in the New Testament come to mind. The book of James – written by James the brother of Jesus – contains five chapters and is a book of instruction about how to live the Christian life. Philippians was written by Paul while he was in prison, it is four chapters in length and gives us a wonderful view of how to be thankful and find peace and joy in all situations.
An attitude of gratitude comes with a change of heart. A change of heart comes with knowing God and His goodness. Knowing God comes with studying his Word. We urge you to study Philippians and James during this holiday season. Currently we have access to so many resources to help us study the word of God. Find one that ministers to you and JUST START….
Let’s not let Thanksgiving be the only day we focus on being thankful. May God fill your hearts with the peace that passes all understanding – and an attitude of gratitude – during this holiday season and throughout the coming year.