|November 23, 2021|
In a time where there seems to be so much that is negative, it is a blessing when one can have experiences of hope and encouragement. I’d like to take a moment to share two such events.
This past Thursday was the Christian Leadership Prayer Summit. It was truly a melting pot of individuals linked together by our love for the Lord, our desire to see the Lord glorified in Tucson, and for there to be unity within the Body of Christ, amongst believers. We were given opportunities to fellowship, encourage and most importantly to pray for one another. As an introvert and a proud, card-carrying member of “Wallflowers Anonymous”, even I was blessed by seeing old friends....but more importantly by meeting new friends. Don’t tell anyone, but I even swapped business cards. This was the first time I’ve participated in this type of event and I do NOT exaggerate when I state that the power of God’s presence was there. It was felt through the worship, testimonials and prayer. I believe that what took place on Thursday was yet another stepping stone leading us closer to experience the revival so many of us have been praying for – for years.
This past Saturday I had the privilege of attending “City on a Hill: The Journey of the Pilgrims”. While this was not their first production, it was poignant to reflect on the fact that this year (2021) celebrates the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving. I was amazed at the number of people involved in this production who are active members of 4Tucson’s Government and Prayer Domains. Having seen my fair share of Broadway & off Broadway shows, I was impressed with the caliber of this production. No, I’m not giving a review, but I will state that this was obviously bathed in prayer. And speaking of prayer – it was refreshing to see how prayer was of great importance for the pilgrims to make the decisions they made. As we are living in a time of such polarization, to be reminded that, while some who came to America in the early 1600’s did have evil intent, we should not lump everyone into that same category. The pilgrims came to serve and worship God.
Many around us see the next 5-6 weeks as the season of holiday madness. But, as you and I enter this Thanksgiving, let us reflect for a moment that 400 years ago the first settlers considered it important to give thanks. Afterall, they had so much for which to be thankful. Can you imagine being on a wooden ship, tossed to & fro, for 2 months, and then the elation of finally seeing land? We, too, have much to be grateful for: the beauty of a sunset, the smile on our child’s face (regardless their age), the safety of our homes, and the list is endless.
If you are feeling discouraged, I encourage you to create your own list. I had a friend who shared with me that she was really despondent and was having a hard time getting out of it. Being a woman of faith, who loved the Lord, she decided to create a list of things she was thankful for. She shared with me, “I couldn’t think of anything to write down, and that made me even more depressed.” One day while she was lying on her bed, feeling sorry for herself, she had an “ah ha” moment when she realized how much she appreciated and was thankful for her pillow. Now she had something to write on her list! This opened the door for my friend to reflect on the many things she was grateful for and the depression began to lift. I am not saying that this is necessarily the cure for depression. However, we all recognize that there is much that can weigh us down. It is easy or even tempting to allow it to consume us. Please don’t!!! During this next week, reflect on the many blessings God has given you.
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son
And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”
Blessings & Shalom,