1.18.2024 Thankful Thursday

Shelter and Warmth

Thankful Thursday sees some single digit temperatures thankful forecasted to warm to 32 degrees today. Even as I type that my mind says, “32 degrees is the freezing mark!” And while that is true, neither the fact of today’s temperatures nor the science fact of the freezing point deter my gratitude for having shelter and warmth while surrounded by all of this cold. And I will be bundling up with many layers when the temperatures do warm a bit to get some exercise for our dog and myself. Those protective layers will help shelter me from the cold when we set on our way outside.

Pausing to imagine stepping into the outside conditions without proper layers and protection, causes me to shudder. The image immediately causes me to lift prayers of thanks and gratitude for the warm clothes, the roof over my head, the walls surrounding me, and the sources of heat I’m priviledged to enjoy. On days like today, the protection becomes extremely accentuated.

In our spiritually lives, a priviledge of protection waits for every single person: Jesus. He offers protection from eternal death. A relationship with Jesus and belief in Him is the key. Jesus is our salvation. “For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9.) A relationship with Jesus offers a fuller, warmer life while here on earth and eternal life when our time here is through. I prayer that you find shelter and warmth today both physically and spiritually. And I encourage you to lift prayers of thanks and praise for each of them.

Blessings!

Thankful Thursday 1-18-2024 Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to Worship both online and in person. Worship services occur at 8:00 am, 9:15 am, & 10:30 am. (*8:00 & 10:30 AM worship services are livestreamed on our YouTube channel: @GravelHillUMC. Subscribe & click the bell to be notified when streaming starts.) Christian Education occurs at 9:10 am. To learn more about online worship, click here. Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Want to be part of a prayer group? We come together in a collective effort to support and lift up others. You do this during your time with God knowing others are also lifting these prayers to God. Join our Facebook group: Gravel Hill Prayers. It is a closed group to be mindful of the private and sensitive requests made. And it’s purpose: for you to be a prayer warrior both interceding where others are asking for assistance in prayer and requesting prayers for situations that need lifting. To join, please send an email to Katie.

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