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11/30/2019
Perspectives: Take time to praise and give thanks

By LISA SCARBOROUGH

“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.”

Psalm 69:30

This is the thanksgiving season. We begin with shopping for all the succulent food items that we will consume on Thanksgiving Day and end with celebrating this year and looking forward to whatever God has for us in 2020.

Even through trials and troubles that may have come along in 2019, the Lord wants us to find things to give thanks for and to praise him for never leaving nor forsaking us. So I don’t know what kind of year this has been for you but I hope that there have been wonderful moments of God’s presence.

Taking time to praise the Lord and sing songs that uplift the spirit can be soothing in any circumstance. When things are troublesome or joyful, drawing the Lord into our lives has wonderful healing benefits.

We were created to connect with a holy and magnificent God. He created us in his image; body, mind and spirit so that within us is a place calling out to be filled by his spirit. We tend to fill that space with lots of different things so that we can feel whole and valued such as; money, addictions, other people, material things, work. These idols are substitutes for the real thing. A personal relationship with the living God of the universe.

He is longing to fill you with love and peace. Through song and praises of thanksgiving, he is able to flow into our lives. Bring hope and strength for whatever we are facing. If we are in a good place then the spirit can help us give to others strength and support.

We are made to be in relationship with him but also with each other. The most joyful Thanksgiving Dinners will be getting together with family and friends and eating, laughing, eating, sharing, eating and maybe singing. Thanksgiving comes in many different forms, it can be praying, singing, sharing and just listening. God hears and knows what we are thinking all the time. He wants us to vocalize our thanksgiving, but if you are in a place where it is too hard to say the words then thinking them can be just as effective.

I hope this Thanksgiving Day brought lots of hope, peace and love to you and your families. Take lots of time to give thanks to the Lord and all those who have impacted your life this year. And thank you for being a support and help to others!

Lisa Scarborough is the executive director of Love In Action.

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Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.