Living Thankfully

The day after Christmas is an appropriate time to write thank you notes. Notes for unexpected gifts that we enjoy are easiest to write, for them, the word “Wow!” with a few words describing why is sufficient. With practice, one can also convey thanks for an unappreciated “gift.”

However, words are easy. How do you show that you are thankful?

Thank you

Our Old Testament lesson for this Sunday tells how four people are thankful

  • Hannah, Samuel’s mother, showed her thanks for having conceived and born a son by making and giving him a new robe when the family comes to the temple for services each year.
  • Eli showed his gratitude for having Samuel serving in the temple by blessing Hannah and her husband, asking that the LORD would provide them more children.
  • Samuel showed his gratitude by living a life devoted to God, in sharp contrast with Eli’s sons.
  • The LORD showed gratitude by blessing Hannah and Elkanah with three more sons and two daughters.

I will have more to say about 1 Samuel 2:18-21a, 26 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 30th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

On a typical day, about 1,000 children misplace their parents. From a parent’s perspective, it is the child who wandered off or was not paying attention. But from a child’s perspective, it is the parent who has gotten lost.

Luke 2:41-52 tells a story of how Jesus’s parents lost track of him. They had traveled to Jerusalem for Passover with a large group. On their way home they presumed he was walking with his friends and cousins in that group. But when they stopped on the first night he was no where to be found! Instead of traveling with friends in the group, he had stayed with different friends and family.

How do we lose track of Jesus?