This is an extraordinary week! Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude for all of the abundance we have. Our richness comes from within. How we perceive richness will guide our attitudes in life. We may value material richness and count our blessings in all that we own and have achieved in our business success. We may value our relationships, including family and friends, that give our lives joy, angst, and sorrow. Sometimes when we base our richness on material things, we live in lack always wanting more feeling like we never have enough. It can make us personally quite unhappy within as our ego tells us we need more, so we feel like a failure. When this happens, we forget the gift of abundance within and around us. Sometimes we forget the importance of our relationships. The holidays are a time to remember their significance. Our relationships help us to grow and evolve. They can give us hope and help us to feel deeply a connection that I call love. Of course, our relationships can cause feelings of angst and sadness. When this happens, we tend to get in our own way because we have perceived expectations of how others should be and act. Why not make it an opportunity to be present with an open heart. You may find that they are sharing fear and hurt that lives deep within their hearts. What does abundance mean for you? I have always loved this opening from the book of Philemon in the New Testament. I offer it to you today. Thank you for being such a special part of my life.
Many blessings and Happy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving and Prayer
Philemon Chapter 1
I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all of the holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.