As I was preparing to go somewhere recently, I looked in our closet where we keep caps (and more hide-away stuff) to grab a cap to run an errand. I didn’t have any particular cap in mind, just something that kind of matched what I had on and fit my head. Upon opening the door, there was one cap that I was drawn to. Yes, it was a bit more colorful than most of the other ones but it wasn’t the color that caused my pause. On this reddish head covering in white calming letters was the word, "THANKFUL." There were no other words of explanation, no logo or emblem, just "THANKFUL."

So, I turned and asked Jackie, “where did this cap come from”? She told me the name of the store that she had bought it from and I looked at that one word again and proudly placed the cap on and left the house. I really don’t know if it matched anything that I had on or not. At that moment, matching was not the highest priority for me. That one word caused me to reflect on the bountiful blessings that I have been showered with through the grace of our loving Father, Jesus Christ.

Thankful. I am thankful for peace and contentment that can only come through a personal relationship with the Savior.

Thankful. I am thankful for the loving family that God has entrusted me to lead, listen to and learn from.

Thankful. I am thankful for the wonderful church family that God has allowed me to be a part of for 16+ years and how He continues to add to according to His divine plan and timing; a church family that is welcoming, warm, willingly works and loves to worship.

Thankful. Well, I think you get the picture of all these thoughts that rushed through my mind once my eyes locked in on that one word.

What are you thankful for? What comes to your mind when you see the word, "THANKFUL"?

When we give thanks to the Lord, this is following the command and expectation of the Lord and this brings glory to our King and Creator.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

(Ps. 118:1)

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

(Ps. 118:29)

Psalm 118 begins and ends with the command to "give thanks to the Lord." While the Psalmist doesn’t provide an exhaustive list of reasons that we should give thanks but He provides perhaps the main reason; "for He is good." That’s enough for me! How about for you?

The Psalmist then provides some extra comfort just in case someone may be wondering how long will the love of this good God last. "His love endures forever." Forever is a long, long time! In fact, forever never ends. We should be thankful for all the blessings our wonderful Savior has provided and is providing because He is good and His love will never end! Be Thankful!!

In His Care,

Roy Newman, Senior Pastor

Pastor Roy Newman