Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
– Psalm 107:1
In autumn, we are reminded to give thanks, as the pilgrims did that first Thanksgiving after their landing at Plymouth. Above all pumpkin tasties and painted masks, we wrap up the season in thanks.
I am thankful for the season—from the weather to the treats, fall is definitely my absolute favorite time of the year. Not many of our trees change color so beautifully, but I am so excited to see the few maples turn from green to orange to yellow to brown. Other elements of my life that I am thankful for include: food, a house to live in, my pets, my boyfriend, love, happiness, a Bachelor’s degree (just the ability to have an education), and my family. I am so incredibly blessed to have all of these special things in my life. Many others are not so lucky. We should give thanks, but also give opportunities and aid others to find successes in their lives so that they may give thanks as well. Give to your local charity/halfway house/Salvation Army this season so that others may have a warm meal for Thanksgiving; it is just around the corner.
And, of course, my favorite part about the fall of fall (even though I wish it’d never end…), is that its ending of thanks begins the season of giving. So friends, let’s reach out together to better our own communities. We will see thanks that we’ve never witnessed before.
You can read this article on DaySpring about giving thanks to your church leaders during this Ministry Appreciation Month. Just another reason to love October!