Dear Fount Family,
As Thanksgiving once again rolls around, I want to take a few moments to reflect on the whole concept of gratitude.
What is it? And why is it important?
Gratitude, first and foremost, is a recognition that we are not alone in this world and we are dependent beings. It is an acknowledgment that self-sufficiency is a myth, and that we really do need others to make a life worth living. Ultimately, gratitude confesses a faith in God, Who is truly responsible for all there is, and Who has blessed us with everything we have. Gratitude recognizes that we are not responsible for the blessings we enjoy, God is.
And gratitude is important because it shifts our attention away from self. We live in an extremely self-centered culture right now. It’s all about feelings, and self-esteem, and “looking out for Number One!” If we live lives of gratitude, it forces us to look outward and acknowledge the Other, from Whom all blessings flow. Gratitude is a lifestyle that is the antidote to selfishness and pride.
This Thanksgiving, as we all face new challenges and obstacles in our lives, I want us to turn our hearts to Jesus in gratitude for all He has given us. Let us not mourn our losses or possible losses, but let us rejoice in the good gifts God has given and which we enjoy daily. Let our hearts rise to meet the Lord and embrace, with gratitude, the abundance we too often take for granted.
And if you’re so moved, let us offer a special Thanksgiving gift to the church to show our gratitude for what God has done and continues to do in and through The Fount. And especially as we look to the future, let our gifts reflect the hope we have in all that God will yet do through The Fount. Mark your gifts “Thanksgiving” so we can all celebrate the gratitude we share together!
We truly are blessed!
P.S. You can bring/send your gifts to the church (The Fount, 18225 Bushard Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708) or make contributions online at: Give (churchofficegiving.com).