Thankful Thursday 12-21-2023

Thankful Thursday 12-21-2023

Gifting

Thankful Thursday sees Christmas on the horizon just four short days away! The excitement of this special day is building. The shifting in schedules, gathering with those we love, remembering those we are missing, and preparing and sharing of gifts and meals each lend to the specialness of this season.

As we prepare to share gifts with loved ones and friends, we think of that person and what it is that they love and enjoy doing to help us cultivate ideas of gifts appropriate specifically for them. Pausing, thinking of another, and acting on those thoughts position us to express our gratitude and love. In a small way, we replicate what has been modelled and gifted to each of us through Christ Jesus.

Christmas reminds us of the gift of Christ in our lives. Jesus has specifically thought of you. He knows you and what you love and enjoy. He offers to walk with you throughout your day, your month, your life.

It is for each of us to receive, if we choose. Choosing to receive this gift is to choose a life with Christ. It does not guarantee an easy life, but it does give us a life of hope and one surrounded by the love of God. And on the other side of heaven, we can only imagine what awaits us. What a gift!

Enjoying the gifting experience this season. As you do, think about the ultimate gift offered to you. It is yours to receive.

Blessings!

Thankful Thursday 12-21-2023 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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