Gratitude in the Known and Unknown

Psalm 107; John 16.33; Philippians 4.4-9

Our worship gathering at Glendale City Church is a celebration of the blessings of God during the past year.   Thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest is always easy.  Thanksgiving for a lackluster or complete lack of harvest is hard.  Thanksgiving can be forgotten when we’re not paying attention to what we can thank God for and instead focus on what stinks about life.

M. Scott Peck, in his book The Road Less Traveled, says that we cannot live a life of gratitude and peace until we accept that life is difficult and that suffering is part of life.  But once we own the truth that life is hard, we are released from needing to have everything go our way and trying to control every aspect of our lives.  We are freed to embrace the adventure, the comedy and the tragedy of this life.  In John 16.33, Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

One thought on “Gratitude in the Known and Unknown

  1. Thanks, Todd, for another thought-provoking sermon! Ideas here for all of us, whether life at the moment is treating us well or not. As you say, life is a never-ending journey… Much to be thankful for.

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