Today's Lectionary Text
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
This week, our devotions will center on what our conference staff members shared by writing things we are thankful for on large Post-it Note pads. Please read to the end to see how you can participate.
We readily acknowledge that many of our “First-World” problems are not problems at all, but merely inconveniences because the technology and comfort to which we are accustomed fail at times. But those failures help us to remember that we should give thanks for them. And that is what we are doing today.
We love and are thankful for technology, from the electronics that power our phones, tablets and computers to washers and dryers that allow us to clean our clothes to automobiles to indoor plumbing.
We’re grateful for televisions that help keep us informed and entertained, and we also are grateful for the many choices we have: cable, satellite, Hulu, Firestick, Amazon, Roku and Apple TV, to name just a few. And we’re grateful for gaming systems that occupy kids while teaching them unique hand-eye coordination. We’ve come a long way from Atari and Commodore 64 to the lifelike realism of today’s video games.
We’re thankful for book clubs, e-books and audio books for the way they capture our imaginations and help us to dream bigger and bolder. We’re also grateful for great music and the way the music captures our attention and amazing lyrics cause us to think.
Several of our staff members shared their thankfulness for some basic needs that all too many people go without, things like shelter, warm clothes, fur-lined boots, a bed to sleep in, and, on cold winter nights, fireplaces and space heaters.
We’re thankful for advancements in health care and the many dedicated professionals who put those new discoveries to work to help patients overcome ailments. We appreciate good cooks, card games, clearance racks and opportunities to grow.
Let’s not forget electricity, cell phones, video conferencing, and the fun that comes with taking in a musical, play or other cultural events.
And some of us wanted to say we are thankful for a variety of sports. And though we didn’t necessarily agree on which teams we should root for, we all agreed that we’re happy to be running the race like the Apostle Paul noted in I Corinthians 9:24-27.
– Todd Seifert, communications director
Share something that you are most thankful for regarding technology or comfort by posting a photo you have taken yourself or some reflective words on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Please use the hashtag #GPUMCgivesthanks.
Prayer for Reflection
Loving God, we greatly appreciate the things you've allowed us to develop to make our lives easier. Thank you for advancements. Help us never to take them for granted. Amen.
This Week's Lectionary
This Week's Liturgical Color