A Word From Pastor Lauren Godwin

“Give thinks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.”
1 Chronicles 16:34

I recently made a trip to the Country Club Mall and was shocked to see all the Christmas items were out! The Halloween items were on final markdown clearance and I couldn’t find any decorations for Thanksgiving! Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year. To say that I was thankful to see the Christmas decorations wouldn’t be realistic. It made me slightly panic that Christmas was coming faster than I wanted to admit and I didn’t have all of those things done on my to-do list to prepare for Christmas. Then, I remembered that it was early October. There was still time. To-do lists aren’t the end all, be all of the world.

That experience made me wonder how often we find ourselves overwhelmed by the thought of the next approaching holiday or project. Or perhaps we allow our to-do lists to cause us panic. How often do we allow the things of the world to get in our way of being thankful?

As we enter into a season where we pause and give thanks, I hope that we can all remember that we are called to give thanks to the Lord – every single day. When we find ourselves overwhelmed, we can take time to “give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

In God’s Grace and Peace,

Pastor Lauren

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