So, What Happened Was…

One year at Thanksgiving, two brothers were invited to their sister Jenny’s house for the traditional Thanksgiving feast. Knowing how gullible their sister was, they decided to play a practical joke. The one brother lured Jenny outside to check out some trees at the bottom of the garden. As soon as Jenny left the second brother took the turkey out of the oven, removed the stuffing, and replaced it with a partridge. Then replaced the bird carefully in the oven. Later, when the turkey was cooked Jenny took the bird out of the oven, allowed it to rest, then started to carve it. Much to her amazement she found the partridge! At this point the mother piped up, “Jenny, you’ve cooked a pregnant bird!” With this Jenny started to cry. It took the family until early evening to convince Jenny that turkeys lay eggs, and don’t give birth to live young.

Now, I’m sure Jenny wasn’t very thankful for her family in that moment of terror and embarrassment, but I hope you got a good laugh. Maybe you have a great Thanksgiving story (or you will after next week). Laughter is good for the soul!!

In the midst of the fun and laughter, I pray that you will also take a moment to reflect on what you are thankful for! I love what the Bible says in Psalm 44:8 (AMP), “In God we have boasted all the day long, and we will praise and give thanks to Your name forever.” When we give thanks, we are affirming that we are holding on to Him and trusting His goodness and faithfulness! In our own thanksgiving, we testify to others that He is worthy of trust as well! If we can embrace thanksgiving as a lifestyle, and not just an action item before we eat food next Thursday, then we become more Christ-like and bring ourselves closer to the heart of our heavenly Father.

As we continue in our GRIT series this weekend, I pray you will be able to give thanks…even when developing grit in the tough times. When it seems the hardest to give praise and demonstrate thankfulness – may we dig deep and still lift a hallelujah. Not because of our circumstances, but because we serve a God who has promised that He will never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), that we are His children (Romans 8:17) and that we are cared for more than the birds of the air (Matthew 6:26).

So be thankful, newhope! And come to a campus on Sunday ready to praise God!! We have a seat for you.

In Christ,

Fran Helpingstine
Executive Director of Operations, Finance & Marketing

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