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We have a choice today! Find 7 things. Find 7 things to complain about or better yet, find 7 things to thank the Lord for. I am going to resist my natural inclination to complain during a stressful time and make a deliberate choice to give thanks. GIVE THANKS…just as Jesus did at the Last Supper Passover meal before his death.

THANK YOU, FATHER! Thank you for . . .

Being With Us. I am thankful that the Lord is with us in the valley of the shadow of death (Ps 23) and has promised to never leave us or forsake us (Deut 31:8).

God’s Determination. I am thankful that the Lord has numbered our days (Psalm 39:4) and nothing, not even Coronavirus or cancer can cheat us of the number of days our Heavenly Father has gifted us to live on earth before we go to be with Him. There is a real freedom and rest in knowing this truth.

Provision. I am so thankful that the Lord is our provider and has blessed us with food, shelter, clean water, medical care, a Savior, the Church, the Word, Holy Communion, friends, family, pets, the beauty of nature, and the Holy Spirit. Lord, we do not take your generosity and provision for granted. 

Favor. I am thankful that the Lord, as a pure act of grace, has given Church of the Holy Spirit His favor. Can you imagine that a friend I have not seen in 47 years, and a Jewish man at that, would happily offer to put our Park and Praise Easter Service on national TV with a potential audience of 48 million viewers?! And in spite of not being able to physically meet for worship, we have seen the Lord give us an average of 3000 Facebook Live views per Sunday service with many of those 3000 views being whole families or homes. 

Open Hands. I am thankful to the Lord and feel like a very proud papa to see you all give so generously to the Lord through your Church in this time of duress. Yes, the financial contributions are needed and great, but what has made my heart most happy is your obvious deeper level of trust in the Lord, your deeper love for His kingdom, your trusting hearts, and your open hands!

Medical Peeps. I am thankful to the Lord for all medical personnel (doctors, PAs, NPs, NAs, nurses, PTs, RTs, paramedics, other first responders, administrators, dietitians, orderlies and others) who enter into harm’s way to bring healing to the sick and dying.

Grandchildren. I am thankful for the gift of grandchildren. Lord, I thank you for Eva Grace, Emmy, Camp, Sage, Rowe and baby Imhof! Lord, for years I would see friends who had grandchildren acting all giddy as though they had inhaled nitrous oxide. So strange, I thought. Little did I know that one of the greatest gifts you have given us is time with our children’s children. Love you little people and am thankful for the Lord’s work in your lives.

What are you thankful for? Would you be willing to film a little 30 second video telling me so that I can compile them and share with the church family? Send to Quigg@chsroanoke.com.

+Quigg