Jeff Messer, Chaplain




Give Thanks

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Colossians 3:15

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. Psalms 100:4

My birthday is October 3, (never mind what year) and I have always anticipated my birthday with excitement. Not just because it would be my birthday but it seemed in my young mind and even now that my birthday was the kick-off for the most awesome, spine-tingling, exciting, and sometimes scary time of the year. 

Think about all that happens starting with the month of October. Fall, with all of its beautiful colors, is in full force. Halloween, with its imaginative costumes and decoration, is around the corner to thrill us. Thanksgiving, with family and food, is on hand to make our hearts glad. And Christmas, the most joyful time of all, arrives to make us at the same time givers and receivers of priceless gifts from family, friends, and the greatest of all from God.

We are encouraged throughout the Bible to be thankful. And as the pages of the calendar turn to October, November, and December our hearts are drawn into an attitude of thanksgiving. Even the most tight-fisted old Scrooge is softened by just breathing in the crisp air of fall and winter. On this Thanksgiving Day, let your hearts rejoice in all that God has done this year. As Paul says in Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.”

As always, I am praying for you!