I am reminded in God’s word in 1Thesolonians 5:18 we are to give thanks in all circumstances.
As we enter another Thanksgiving Season I am richly blessed to be able to serve the Elders at Westmoreland Care & Rehabilitation Center and have the opportunity to get to know their individual story and hear the reasons they are thankful for another year. Each of us will gather this Thursday in homes with families and love ones to reflect over the many blessings that God has bestowed on each of us. I challenge you to take time and reflect not only on the reasons you are blessed or thankful, but to think of ways you can reach others in your neighborhood, work, or even local nursing and rehabilitation centers. We do not always understand the reason why we experience some of the tragedy or obstacles that come before us; however, as God’s word states we are to find a way to give thanks in all circumstances.
I am inspired by the Elders in our home that have genuinely lived their life as this verse states. They continue to be a blessing to other Elders, visitors, stakeholders, and family members regardless of their physical condition. They truly find a way to be thankful each day. Can you say the same? If not, during this holiday season look for the good in your life and be thankful. Give the gift of time to a family member, friend, or co-worker. Remember, the most precious gift we can give is to show love towards our fellow man, woman, or child.
It is when we do this we can reflect back on how God has blessed us during every circumstance of our life and see the true blessings. I pray you will strive to live 1 Thesolonians 5:18.
Chaplain David Spears