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From the Pastor's Desk 

Psalm 100:4-5

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

This morning when I sat down at my computer to write the article for the November newsletter the lyrics of a song came to my mind. The song is entitled “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart.” The lyrics of the song are simple; 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".

What is the first thing you think of when the calendar turns to November? I don’t know about you but the first thing I think of is “Thanksgiving Day”. You’ve heard me says this for many years now. Thanksgiving Day is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the food, I enjoy watching football and the gathering with our family. I really enjoyed the Thanksgiving Meals we’ve done at church in the past years.

Although I really enjoy the many things that go along with the holiday, my favorite thing about Thanksgiving Day is the focus we have on being thankful for all God has provided for us over the last year. At the Shannon household we take turns sharing what we are thankful for over this past year.

So, I’m going to share with you the things I am thankful for this year. I am thankful for my wife Nissa, my kids; Rachael, Hannah, Jonah, Isaac, Rebekah, Abby, Gabi my daughter in law and Sammy my soon to be son in law.

I am thankful for all the wonderful people at Hardinsburg UMC and Talbert Chapel UMC. I am thankful to God for allowing me to live and be a part of this wonderful community for going on 15 years. I am also thankful for Mikayla who is serving as our church administrative assistant. I am thankful for many things.

So here is a challenge for you this month. Find some time to sit down and write out all the things you are thankful to God for this year. Sometimes we tend to focus on the negative things around us instead of focusing on the positives. So, let’s flip the script and focus on how God has blessed us this year.

Remember to give thanks with a grateful heart to God this month.


Bro. Greg