From the Pastor
A Message From Pastor Kim Dancey
An Attitude of Gratitude
California Judge John Kralik turned his faltering life and failing law practice around with a return to gratitude. By committing to write one thank you note a day to persons who had made a difference in his life each day for an entire year—365 notes in all—he grew to understand the transformative effect of giving thanks. He writes, “…appreciation is an expression of love and a manifestation of God’s grace in the world.”*
Gratitude changes how we view the world. Circumstances may be challenging or even impossible by human standards, but remembering the magnitude and grace of God in the midst of hard times refocuses our minds and hearts on what—and Who–is beyond ‘this present darkness.’ In the midst of difficult times, the writer of Psalm 34 opens his hymn of praise with the grateful claim, “I will bless the Lord at all times….” How might our lives be changed if we focused not on the many things we encounter daily that are wrong, troubling, or unfair, but on those things which are beautiful and good, on the gift of Jesus Christ, and on the love extended to us through the people of God?
The Apostle Paul writes to the church at Thessalonica and to us, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) We at Northwest United Methodist Church are deeply grateful to God for the gift of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. We invite you to join us as we express our gratitude each Sunday morning at 9:45.
* Quoted in Interpreter Magazine, Nov.-Dec. 2017, p. 16. Kralik is author of the book, The Simple Act of Gratitude.