Today's Lectionary Text
Matthew 13:31-32He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
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.
Jesus used the parable of the mustard seed to show how something small and insignificant can grow into something lush and strong. We conclude our week of Thanksgiving reflections with a quick look at some small things for which we are thankful but that didn't fit on one of the previous lists.
For starters, we're grateful for the little things in life. These are the relatively insignificant parts of life, but the good parts that make life joyful, things like giggling children or a full-blown belly laugh in an adult.
We're grateful for the opportunity to create, regardless of our medium. This outlet helps us relieve stress and helps us grow as people.
We're grateful for people who go above and beyond to serve us or other people. We're grateful for when we're in the right place at the right time, for gratitude journals, learning new things and when we receive that unexpected note of encouragement, long walks, finally finding answers to long-held questions, and playing with pets.
We're thankful for weddings, graduations, job promotions, new challenges, great ideas and the excitement of receiving an actual letter in the mail.
We're thankful for the imaginations of young kids and when they help us reconnect with our inner children.
We're thankful for lunch hours, the opportunity to both coach and be coached by peers, and seeing loved ones succeed and achieve their goals.
We're grateful for second, third, fourth and fifth chances. And we are thankful for peace of mind.
It is this peace for which we give thanks and that we celebrate starting tomorrow, with the beginning of Advent. Philippians 4:4-7 tells us that "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guad your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." May we all find peace this holiday season. May we all remember to continuously give thanks for Jesus Christ in our lives.
– Todd Seifert, communications director
Share a part or two of your faith that you are most thankful for 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 and merciful God, you gave the world something small, a baby boy, who grew into the greatest of Saviors. We thank you once more for the gift of Jesus Christ in our lives and in our world. Give us the words and courage to talk to others about Jesus during this coming season of Advent. Amen.
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