Take time to be thankful. So often we take all that we have for granted. The warmth of our homes, the comfort of our clothing, plenty of food, a rather luxurious life style, the gift of family and friends, the security of our lives in this area – the list could go on and on. And even when we experience difficulties, we find that there is much support around us. When we are sick, there are fine medical doctors and hospitals within an easy driving distance. When we are having difficulties at home, there always seem to be friends and neighbors close by and willing to help. When we aren’t sure where to turn, there are social service agencies to direct us to where we can get assistance. Yes, we have much for which to be thankful. What are the reasons why we fail to be thankful? I wish I knew, but it eludes me. We have so much plenty in a world where the vast majority of people struggle for survival and a decent living. We enjoy so much freedom in a world where most people live afraid to speak their opinions. We are, perhaps, the most wasteful nation in the world – the amount of food we throw away is probably almost as much as we eat; the diet industry thrives here. We think nothing about going out to dinner on a regular basis. And yet we fail to appreciate our good life. Perhaps it is because we are so spoiled as a people. We have become so accustomed to having more than enough. We are not satisfied and want more. Our appetites never seem to be satiated. We think that more and bigger are necessarily better. We stand in awe of those who live in huge houses and drive fancy cars, as if that were the important thing in life and the true measure of success. We seek status symbols for ourselves. We often seem to be chasing the wrong dreams. It might be more beneficial to us if we sought the real goal that can bring us a measure of satisfaction in life. Perhaps if we devoted as much energy in building healthy relationships with family and friends as we devote to the pursuit of material things, we might discover a real sense of what is important in life. Perhaps if we devoted as much energy into building a healthy relationship with our God, we might discover a peace and a fulfilment that brings us hope and confidence. Being thankful is not dependent on how much we own or possess. Those things can just as quickly disappear from our lives. Being thankful reflects how we feel about ourselves and how we relate to others. There is a real sense of thanksgiving when we are surrounded by people who care about us and about whom we care; when we sense our lives lived in the presence of our God who holds us always; when we can live in the knowledge that no matter what happens, we do not need to go through this life alone. As we approach this Thanksgiving Day, may we be thankful for the things which are truly important. May we raise up our prayers in thanksgiving for people who bring us joy, who share our lives, who love us and whom we love, and who accept us as we are. May we also raise up our prayers in thanksgiving for our God, who has shown us again and again that we are held securely in the arms of the eternal.
Thank You from Pastor George My heartfelt thanks to the people of Trinity for honoring me on the Pastor Appreciation page of the Gettysburg Times of Saturday, October 8th. Your kindness, as well as your supportiveness and encouragement have been a blessing for me the past 13 months I have served as your interim. Thank you, Pastor George.
IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
Darla Jean Christopher, Russwin Francisco, Rev. Dr. Bill Herzog, John Harrison Hoffman, Donald Hubbard, Sr., Kathryn Kepner, Evelyn Kretz, MacKenzie Kretz, Josh Langley, Bob Miller, Joann Motter, Diane Nicodemus, Ashlee (Black) Pyne, Laurie Singh, Tom Smith, Mary Timmins, Mckenna Voss, Jean Weiant, Teeyara Jo Weiant and Pete Wilson
(Please notify the church office when a name can be removed from the prayer list)
We offer our sincerest sympathy and prayers to the family of Joan Wilson, who died on October 6th and the family of Charles Rogers, who died October 20th. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers. We also extend our sincerest condolences to Joyce Golden on the death of her son Kenneth, and to Pam Poland on the death of her mother-in-law.
Jane Strickland is recuperating at home following surgery in Chambersburg Hospital, while Lois Monforte is back at SpiriTrust Lutheran following a stay in Gettysburg Hospital. We offer our congratulations to Janet and Steve Sheely, who became grandparents for the first time; their granddaughter, Louise Sheely Lathbury, daughter of Beth and Greg Lathbury,
was born on October 6th.
Remember as well those who are currently residing in nursing care facilities: Lila Martin at The Meadows in Westminster, Maryland; Virginia Lohuis and Lois Monforte at SpiriTrust Lutheran in Gettysburg; Evelyn Gorman and Joni Scheufel at Transitions in Gettysburg; and Johnetta Yingling at Genesis in Gettysburg.
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