rejoiceWell, it’s that time of year…the holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is this week, which moves right into Advent and then Christmas. It, for the most part, seems to be a magical time of year. We change scenery and moods with lights and music. We lift hearts with friends and food. We try to spread good cheer to all. It’s the time of year we often reflect and do the very thing that Paul tells us to in these verses in
I Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Rejoice.  Pray.  Give Thanks.

I think this is a good and healthy thing to do each year: To go through times of reflection and prayer, to see all the beauty that is in my life, to give those things that God has allowed a place to be. Every year, I am just so fascinated with all the beauty around me. However, the more I reflect on those things, the more illuminating the beauty is when I see the struggle, the work, the hardship and the suffering in which it was fashioned. The very things I so often forget and am not thankful for.

It is said about great sculptors that they can see the sculpture inside a raw piece of marble. But it takes rubble to make art. All the chipped away marble speaks to the beauty of the statue. That’s the magic behind the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life. All that George Bailey went through is what made the ending so… wonderful.

What if, this holiday season, we do exactly what Paul is telling the Thessalonians to do in all things? Maybe, just maybe, we will be able to see and show the beauty of Christ, everywhere.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Guest post by Dallas Pfeiffer, Congregational Care Pastor

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