A couple of weeks ago, I had a lunch for ‘girls’ at home – even though none of us over 70s can actually be described in this way anymore! It was a time to catch up on news and to share stories, laughter and fears. Afterwards, I received some lovely ‘Thank you’ cards and emails that gave me a warm feeling as I read them.
Last Sunday, I went to the school hall to help in Rock Solid, a fantastic bunch of young people. I had been asked to provide a link between the time for games and the Bible teaching section. So I did the following….
I asked them to sit in a circle so that we could play ‘pass the parcel’. When the music stopped, the first layer of paper was torn off revealing a slip of paper that said:
This token entitles you to a gift.
After getting through a couple of tracks and after numerous layers were unwrapped and several tokens joyfully coveted, the game was over. However, not everyone had a token. I could sense the disappointment but there was also curiosity as to what the redemption of the token would bring.
However every single member of Rock Solid was given a gift – a very smart (in my opinion!) blue Union Jack ball point pen.
I explained to them that God gives his gifts to everyone – whether they deserve it or not; whether they’ve been good or not. God is really, really generous towards us and I suggested that it would be a good idea to use their pens to write down on a ‘Thank you’ card (provided) some of the things that they wanted to thank God for.
As they scribbled, I pointed out that next Sunday was Harvest Festival when we have a great opportunity to remember with thanksgiving all God’s blessings to us.
Psalm 100 urges us to “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”
On this Harvest Festival today, let’s resolve to express our thanks daily to the Lord in our worship and prayer times. Let’s also show God how much we appreciate all his amazing goodness and loving kindness towards us by pledging regular financial support to the work of our church.
With love, Anne Lovegrove