Monthly Archives: January 2013

Many to Thank

332505613_a60ff95ce7_q“Say thank you!” was a phrase I often heard from my parents growing up, as if I could ever forget with their constant reminders.

But as I grew older and the reminders stopped, I did find myself being less vocal about being thankful, and now that I am an adult, when someone says thank you to me I find that it makes me smile and often makes my day.

We seem to forget how important it is to say those two words, “Thank you.” There are so many people in my life who I am thankful for; some you would expect and some perhaps not.

Of course there are my family and friends, but also my civic leaders, and our police and fire departments, those who make my bread, and fix my car, those who cut my hair, and who serve our food.

I am limited in space but there are so many people who I am thankful for, including my congregation, my fellow ministers, the local funeral home and the Delta Optimist, which gives ministers space to share our thoughts.

But mostly I am thankful for a God who loves us enough to send us His Son to be my Saviour, and when I forget to be thankful or worse, doesn’t berate me, but rather opens His arms and says I love you, and forgives me my sins. What an amazing gift to be thankful for.

Published in Delta Optimist January 25 2013

Photo courtesy of Flickr: Faraz

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Forgiveness

My mind and heart has been heavy since learning about the recent shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and there is much I could discuss, but that would take up more space than I have.

One question that has been asked, and is especially pertinent to me as a pastor, is, “What is God doing about all of this?” This is a very appropriate question and one that I also find myself asking in the wake of such tragedies.

Yes, even pastors ask themselves the tough questions, and it was in my preparation for our Christmas services that I once again found my answer.

The right question is, “What has God done about this?” Christmas is about the coming and birth of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. In my preparation, I find myself focusing only on this sole point, the birth, which is important, but is only the beginning of what the true gift of Christmas is about.

The deep meaning of Christmas is about the gift of the forgiveness of sins that we as mankind do every day. That forgiveness came to us in Jesus Christ and what He would eventually do for us on that Good Friday, three days before Easter.

What God did in response to our daily wrongful deeds was to say to us, I love you, and I will give you my Son to take your place, so that you may be forgiven. That is the meaning of Christmas.

Published in Delta Optimist December 28 2012