Thankful Thursday 11-28-19
Thankful Thursday meets Thanksgiving today. The day when Americans collectively pause, gather together around tables, and give thanks for various areas of their lives. This sharing of gratitude creates a foundation for happiness and joy.
Love comes to full expression in various forms on Thanksgiving. Dr. Gary Chapman wrote a book called, The Five Love Languages. He names the love languages as Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch. Many of us have our love language (or languages) reached on this day.
Gathering gives us quality time. The preparing and serving of a meal meets acts of service. Those enjoying the meal receive the gift of food and good conversation. The words of thanks offered for the food prepared, the talent shared, or the story voiced offer building words of affirmation. And the welcome hugs and departing squeezes of affection shared until the next gathering express love through physical touch.
Many walk a little taller, a little stronger, and with a heart (and stomach) more full after a day of sharing blessings. We sleep better after being fueled both physically and emotionally. A day giving and receiving love in all its forms.
With this day of love as a catapult, we enter into the Christmas season. We prepare our hearts and minds for the greatest expression of love ever given: Jesus Christ. As we walk closer to Christmas, remember this day. A day of giving and receiving love. A day of blessings shared and expressed. Hold onto these actions. Repeat them anew. Edify the love and joy in the lives of those around you and in doing so, you too will be built up in love and joy.
Blessings to you!
11-28-19 Experience Opportunities:
All are invited to worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:15, or 10:30 AM. If you would like to know more about these services, click here. Can’t make it to worship? Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.