Thanksgiving will be different this year. Like many of you, my family has struggled with how to do Thanksgiving together. The lingering question is: Will we forgo the extended family and do a single household face-to-face gathering, or will we do ZOOM-to-ZOOM with our entire family? We’ve decided on a ZOOM-to-ZOOM Thanksgiving. I know that it’s not ideal, but nothing has been during this pandemic season.
With the fatigue of the pandemic, I admit that I’m emotionally exhausted. Attending an 8-hour daily ZOOM meeting drains my tank. If I’m not careful, it’s easy to begin to complain about things. Fortunately, when I get in this funk, I’m reminded of two things:
1. God is still in control
2. Nobody listens to complainers
I’m grateful for these two reminders. They help me to readjust my attitude. I’m thankful that God is still in control of things so that I won’t complain. I have many things to be grateful for—not just now in this Thanksgiving season, but throughout the year—even during this socially distanced, masked-up, make-shift basement office season. God has been good to my family. God’s grace also abounds to the pastors and members of the 85 churches in the Central South District during 2020. All of you have worked together to create some fantastic ministry opportunities in their communities.
I invite you to join me and thousands of others by choosing to celebrate and give thanks for the many blessings we have received. I hope you will take a moment and remember all the things you have to be thankful for. I will be doing this, and I will be sure to mention you as one of the many people I’m grateful for. I’m grateful for you and your faithful commitment to imagining new ways to connect people with Jesus!